Man dies in house fire

Firefighters called to a property in the Farnley area of Leeds have found the body of a man.

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Fatal blaze: homes to be demolished

Residents say there was little that could be done to save a man who died in a house fire at Farnley in Leeds early today. The blaze destroyed the house in Bawn Vale and also badly damaged the neighbouring house. Both properties are expected to be demolished.

Neighbour, Mark Ramsden, said he couldn't get near the burning building.

"There was nothing you could do. The windows were blown out, flames coming through the ceiling," he said.

The man who died, thought to be in his 60s or 70s, has not yet been formally identfied. An investigation into what caused the fire is underway.

Man dies in Leeds house fire

scene of the fatal house fire Credit: Calendar news

Firefighters were called to Bawn Valey, Farnley shortly after 4am and discovered the body of a man inside the property. Inquiries are in the early stages to determine what caused the fire.

Extensive damage can be seen at rear of property Credit: Calendar news