– Detective Inspector Derek Packham, West Midlands Police
This was a major fire, which has claimed a man’s life and was so fierce that the property has been left in a dangerous state. At this stage we are treating the death as unexplained. The death has been referred to the coroner.
A woman and her two sons, who we believe were related to the man, have been left badly traumatised by what has happened. Fortunately none were seriously injured.
All three are being supported by specially trained officers and our investigation is well underway.
An investigation remains ongoing after a man died in a Dudley house fire this weekend.
Police were called to Wood Street in the Holly Hall area of the town at around 6.10pm on Saturday 8 February to reports of a fire.
A woman aged 42 and two boys aged nine and 15 had escaped the property just seconds before the major fire took hold. All three were taken to hospital as a precaution but later discharged.
A police investigation is underway after a man is thought to have started a fire which took his own life.
The fire began yesterday evening in the Holly Hall area of Dudley.
A West Midlands spokesmen said:
House to house enquiries have been conducted and a number of witnesses spoken to. Officers stepped-up patrols in the area on Saturday night and throughout Sunday morning to reassure worried locals.
West Midlands Police have released details of a fatal fire which was deliberately started yesterday evening.
The man who died is thought to have been in his 40s and is believed to have started the house fire himself. He is yet to be identified.
After a woman and her two sons managed to escape Dudley blaze, Detective Inspector Simon Astle said:
They have been left badly traumatised by what has happened. Fortunately none were seriously injured. All three are being supported by specially trained officers and our investigation is well underway.
A local man has been killed after what police are calling a 'deliberate' house fire in Dudley yesterday evening.
A woman and two boys, aged 9 and 15, managed to escape the blaze on Wood Street, in Holly Hall and were taken to hospital as a precaution.
The street was closed for ten hours and surrounding properties were evacuated, whilst firemen tackled the blaze.
Detective Inspector Simon Astle, from Force CID said:
This was a major fire, started deliberately, which has claimed a man's life and was so fierce that the property has been left in a dangerous state.
Police are not looking for anyone else in connection with the blaze and the man killed is yet to be named.