Stoke & Staffordshire

Elderly man dies in house blaze in Tamworth

An 87-year-old man has died after a house fire in Staffordshire in the early hours.

The man was found in a downstairs bedroom by crews called to Ashby Road, Tamworth, shortly after 0135 GMT.

"When ambulance staff arrived firefighters were bringing the man out of the property," a service spokesman said.

He was given treatment at the scene and was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The fire was on the ground floor of a semi-detached cottage, Staffordshire Fire Service said.

Staffordshire Police said early indications suggested the fire was not suspicious but it was carrying out further investigations with the fire service.

"The 87-year-old man who lived alone at the address was taken to Sutton Coldfield's Good Hope Hospital where sadly he was pronounced dead at 3am. No-one else was injured," a police spokesman said.

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