Man who died in Tipton house fire has been named

Jason Hickinbottom was confirmed dead at the scene. Credit: West Midlands Police.

A man who died in a house fire in Tipton on Tuesday night (3 August) has been named.

Jason Hickinbottom, aged 51, was confirmed dead at the scene along with a pet dog.

Emergency services attended a severe blaze at the property in Tame Road at around 8pm.

Two police officers who were passing at the time were first on the scene and joined neighbours in trying to help the people who were trapped.

Credit: Snapper SK.

A woman in her 30s was rescued from the house by firefighters and taken to hospital suffering from smoke inhalation.

An 18-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life.

She has been released on police bail.

In a statement released today, Jason’s family said: “There are no words that our family can use to describe the sadness and grief we feel at this time.”

Police say the investigation is ongoing and its "priority now is to support the victim's family and establish exactly what happened".