Man dies in Carlisle house fire

A man aged 68 died after a house fire in Carlisle. It is thought an old chair became engulfed in flames after a discarded match set fire to a waste paper bin.

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House fire "tragedy" highlights importance of safe furniture

The Assistant Chief Fire Officer for Cumbria, Adrian Buckle, has described a house fire in Carlisle - in which a man died - as a tragedy which shows the dangers of not having fire retardant furniture.

“This tragedy highlights the important of fire retardant furniture, cushions and bedding.

“Fire can spread incredibly quickly and it takes hold much more rapidly if it catches older items that don’t conform to current fire safety standards.

“I’d urge people to check items around their home to make sure they are fire retardant and look at updating them if they’re not.

“Replacing out of date furniture does not need to be a major expense – many second hand furniture stores and social enterprises such as Impact, stock furniture that meets modern fire safety standards.”

Flame-resistant furniture warning following Carlisle house fire

Firefighters are warning of the dangers of non-flame resistant furniture after a man was found dead following a house fire in the city.

Police and fire services were called to to the house on Newtown Close in the west of the city at around seven o clock last night.

A 68-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene.

He is thought to have died after an old chair quickly became engulfed in flames and smoke after a discarded match set fire to a waste paper bin.

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Investigation launched after fatal Carlisle fire

Police and fire services in Cumbria have launched an investigation after a man died following a house fire in Carlisle.

"At this time police officers are working with the fire service to establish the circumstances of this tragic incident.

"Police are in the process of updating family members so no further details of the deceased are being released at this time."

– Inspector Helen Ellis of Cumbria Police

Man dies in Carlisle house fire

A man has died following a house fire in Carlisle.

Police and fire services were called to the house on Newtown Close at 7 pm last night, where they pronounced the man dead at the scene.

An investigation into the blaze has been launched and police are currently working to find out the cause of the fire.

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