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Man dies after explosion in County Durham house
AN investigation will begin this morning after a man died in an explosion in a County Durham house.
Firefighters were called to a blaze at a property in Moor Edge, Brandon, near Durham City, on Sunday evening.
A 52-year-old man was pulled from the house by fire crews wearing breathing apparatus but was later pronounced dead at the scene.
A 66-year-old male occupant escaped prior to the arrival of firefighters and was taken to hospital by ambulance.
County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service said it responded after receiving “multiple calls” reporting an explosion from a house with smoke and flames coming from the roof at just after 6.30pm.
On arrival, firefighters found windows on both the ground and first floor had been blown out.
Part of the roof was missing with flames and smoke coming from the first floor windows and roof void.
Firefighters arrived to find one man had escaped from the building.
A fire service spokesman said in a statement: “Breathing apparatus teams were quickly committed to rescue a second male adult who was reported to be still in the property, but despite the rapid response from the fire service the second 52-year-old male was found to be deceased.”
The property has been made safe overnight and a joint fire service and police investigation will commence on Monday morning to determine the cause of the fire.
Stuart Errington, deputy chief fire officer for County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service, said: “Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the gentleman at this tragic time.
“As a service we aim to protect and educate the members of our communities about the dangers of fire.
"At a time like this we are reminded of the dangers of fire and urge all residents to take up our offer of free home fire safety advice and to fit smoke alarms in their properties.”
He added: “If you already have a smoke alarm, remember to test it once a week.”
As part of the fire service’s response to the tragedy, crews from Durham Fire Station will be working in the neighbourhood around the incident providing public reassurance and home fire safety advice.
For free home fire safety advice call 0191-3324222 or visit ddfire.gov.uk to find out more.
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