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Fatal Carlton fire caused by electrical fault

A fire which killed an elderly couple in their home near Stockton-on-Tees was caused by an electrical fault, investigators have said.

William Volume, 88, and his wife Eileen, 89, died when a blaze ripped through their home in Carlton last week.

They had been married for more than 60 years and lived in the small village for over 50 of them.

Cleveland Police said the fire on Thursday was not being treated as suspicious and there will be no criminal investigation. A file has been passed to the coroner.

"This was a tragic accident caused by an electrical fault in the property."

– Phil Lancaster, director of community protection at Cleveland Fire Brigade

Couple who died in house fire named

Married couple William and Eileen Volume died in their home on Thorpe Road in Carlton Village Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The couple who died in a fire on Teesside on Thursday have been named as 88-year-old William Volume and his wife Eileen Volume, 89.

They lived in Carlton Village for over fifty years.

Results from post-mortem examinations concluded that the couple died as a result of smoke inhalation.


Investigations continue into Teesside fire

Investigations continue into Teesside fire
Investigations are continuing into a fire which killed an elderly couple on Teesside Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Investigations are continuing into a fire which killed an elderly couple on Teesside.

The pensioners died in a bedroom of their house in Carlton Village near Stockton yesterday morning.

Police say that so far there is no evidence to suggest that the cause of the blaze is suspicious.

Two die in house fire on Teesside

Two die in house fire
Two people have died in a house fire in Stockton-On-Tees Credit: Michael Davis

Two people have died in a house fire on Teesside.

Cleveland Fire Brigade were called out to the house fire in Carlton Village near Stockton at 8.45 am on Thursday morning.

Cleveland Police would not confirm the identity of the pair and said the investigation was in its very early stages.

Investigation launched after "severe" fatal fire

Shortly after 5am Cleveland Fire Brigade were called to a house fire in Carlton Village,Stockton.

On arrival fire crews were presented with a severe fire in which there were two fatalities.

Five appliances attended which were from Stockton,Thornaby and Middlesbrough Stations.

Crews left the scene at approximately 8.45am.

The cause of the fire is under investigation and a joint investigation team has been established between Cleveland Fire Brigade and Cleveland Police.

– Cleveland Fire Brigade


Pair of reptiles set owners' conservatory on fire

Two loved-up reptiles are being blamed for starting a fire that destroyed their owner's conservatory in Stockton-on-Tees and led to their own demise.

Henry the tortoise, who had just awoken from hibernation, had only one thing on his mind as he emerged from his den - his mate Alice.

But tragically as he chased her around their nest, it is thought he knocked over a heater which set fire to wood shavings.

The blaze destroyed the conservatory of Alf and Gayner Clayton, from Thornaby, who had to run out of the house to escape. The fire also damaged their garage and car.

The couple said they did their best to save their beloved pets after a neighbour spotted smoke coming out of the garage.

But neither pensioner could save them and two fire crews were called to put out the blaze, which happened on Saturday night.

Drinking during pregnancy could damage child's development

As part of national Alcohol Awareness Week, local people in Stockton-on-Tees have been highlighting the dangers of drinking during pregnancy with a 'Pregnant Pause'.

The Pregnant Pause, which represented the nine months that a woman is pregnant for, aimed to educate more people about a disorder which affects thousands of babies every year, is completely preventable and yet is still not widely known about.

Foetal Alcohol Specrum disorder is what can happen if a mother drinks during pregnancy and can affect the development of a child's organs and facial features.

Children who have Foetal Alcohol Specrum disorder suffer from:

  • Mouth, teeth and facial problems
  • Weak immune system
  • Epilepsy
  • Liver damage
  • Kidney and heart defects
  • Cerebral palsy and other muscular problems
  • Height and weight issues
  • Hormonal disorders
  • Hearing and ear problems
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