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Fatal house fire in Bath found to have started accidentally

A 64-year-old man was rescued by firefighters but sadly later passed away. Credit: ITV News West Country

The house fire in Bath which claimed the life of a 64-year-old man was found to have started accidentally.

Four fire engines were alerted to the incident at a two-storey detached house early on Monday morning.

A 64 year-old man in a serious condition was rescued by firefighters from a first floor bedroom. He was taken to hospital by ambulance but sadly later passed away.

A second man, aged 92 years-old, was also rescued by firefighters from a second bedroom. He was also taken to hospital after suffering burns and smoke inhalation.

Crews say a third man, believed to be a neighbour who entered the property to help before emergency services arrived, was also treated for the effects of smoke inhalation but was discharged at the scene.


Bath based hurdler Eilidh Doyle takes silver medal

Eilidh Doyle celebrates winning silver in the Women's 400m Hurdles. Credit: PA images

Hurdler Eilidh Doyle, who trains in Bath, has won a silver medal in the women's 400m hurdles at the Commonwealth Games.

The 31-year-old ran 54.80 seconds to finish second behind Jamaica's Janieve Russell at the Gold Coast's Carrara Stadium on Thursday.

It's her third straight silver in the 400m hurdles after she was runner-up at the Delhi and Glasgow Games.

Originally from Scotland, Eilidh also had the honour of carrying the flag at the opening ceremony this year.


Students join staff to protest pensions at universities across the region

Students joined staff at the University of Bath to protest pensions. Credit: ITV News

Students are joining University of Bath staff on campus to protest over plans to change lecturers' pensions.

A week long strike continues at both Bristol and Bath Universities after the University and College Union rejected the latest proposal to resolve the dispute were rejected.

The union plans a further fortnight's action to target at exams and assessment.

Bath Half Marathon cancelled due to the snow

The Bath Half Marathon has been cancelled due to the snow.

The race was due to take place on Sunday.

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Runners are being offered a refund on their entry fees as organisers said there was no hope of rescheduling.

Sadly, it is not possible to simply postpone the race to a future date. A big 'closed road' participation event such as ours can't be easily re-scheduled, it is not like re-booking a spectator event in a fixed venue.

– Andrew Taylor, Race Director
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