Lancashire

Smoke alarm plea after man dies in Thornton house fire

Scene of fire at Tennyson Avenue in Thornton
Image caption Firefighters found the man's body in a front room of the house

Firefighters in Lancashire have urged people to install fire alarms in their homes after a man died in a house fire on New Year's Eve.

Crews were called to Tennyson Avenue, Thornton, on Friday night.

They found the man, thought to be in his 60s, in a front room of the house.

Sean Hennessy, from Lancashire Fire and Rescue, said: "Unfortunately there wasn't a smoke alarm in this premises. It could have made a huge difference to saving this gentleman's life."

He urged people to take advantage of the fire service's free home safety checks, which includes installing smoke alarms.

Lancashire Police and the fire service are investigating the cause of the fire, but it is not thought to be suspicious.

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