Devon

Post-mortem tests on Newton Abbot fire escape victim

A post-mortem examination will be carried out on a man who died after a fire at his house in Devon.

Crews tackled the fire at Kingsteington Road, Newton Abbot in the early hours of Sunday.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue said the man was already outside when crews arrived, but later collapsed.

The man, who is thought to have suffered a heart attack, was taken to Torbay Hospital, where he later died.

A fire brigade spokesman said the man had been treated for the effects of breathing in a small amount of smoke and had appeared well before he became unwell and collapsed.

"I'd like to praise the efforts of the fire and ambulance crews who performed well in difficult circumstances," the spokesman said.

The man, who has not been named, is believed to have been in his 60s.

A joint investigation is being carried out with Devon and Cornwall Police, but the fire is not thought to be suspicious.

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