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A man believed to be in his sixties has died in a house fire in Penrith, Cumbria
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A 40-year-old man has died in a house fire at Broomrig Court in Dumfries.
Lee Dobson was found in the house and taken to Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary, where he was later pronounced dead.
Emergency services were called to the property just after midnight on Monday, and a small fire was found in the kitchen.
Police are treating the death as unexplained and a joint investigation between the fire and police services has begun.
– Detective Constable Gary Story, Police Scotland
" We are keen to trace the final movements of Mr Dobson in the hours leading up to the point he was found in his home.
"If you were in the area during the evening of Monday 3 March or have any information which might help us piece together his final movements please contact police on 101.”
Matthew Taylor's report
Fire fighters from across our region were called to an incident in north Cumbria this morning.
Four engines were called to the Audec Saw Mill on A6071 in Longtown at 5:43am.
When they arrived the crews from Longtown, Gretna and Carlisle found the fire involved tiber at the back of the building.
Crews wearing breathing apparatus used three hose reel jets to put out the fire.
Firefighters were called to a flat on fire in Camp Street, Maryport this morning just before 9am - where they found a heater on fire.
No one is thought to have been seriously injured.
Hundreds of people marched through Penrith to urge Cumbria County Councillors to vote against restructuring 5 Cumbrian fire stations. Under plans, Penrith, Workington, Whitehaven, Maryport and Kendal would lose 1 of 2 fire engines.
Firefighters protesting in Penrith say "lives could be put at risk" if plans to axe one of the town's fire engines goes ahead.
– Cllr Patricia Bell, Lib Dem, Penrith East
The consultation hasn't finished and it's really important to look at all the alternative suggestions that have been made but these are really tough times and we didn't make the propositions lightly. I didn't walk with the march but it's important to listen to how the public feel here today.
"Both our appliances were in Carlisle at a warehouse fire. In order to attend that, Patterdale had to come up to deal with an incident at Rheged. This morning Kendal have been out - if their second pump was not there who would cover the area?"
- Dawn Coates, Retained Fire Fighter in Penrith.
Retained firefighters from Penrith are marching through the town on Saturday protesting about plans to cut one of their fire engines. Cumbria County Council says the proposals are based on evidence, not financial savings.