Stoke & Staffordshire

Man dies after fire in Stoke-on-Trent retirement flat

A 67-year-old man has died following a fire at his flat at a retirement village in Stoke-on-Trent.

Emergency services were called to Berryhill Village in Arbourfield Drive at about 22:00 GMT on Monday after on-site staff heard a smoke alarm.

Twenty nearby flats were evacuated, but the man, who has yet to be formally identified, died later in hospital.

The death is not being treated as suspicious and the cause of the fire has not yet been determined.

Station Manager Ian Housley said: "One man from the affected flat was already outside on our arrival and was taken to hospital.

"The man sadly did not survive and we extend our deepest sympathies to his family and friends."

Mr Housley said the fire had spread throughout the first-floor flat and crews were forced to evacuate nearby properties.

A number of staff and residents were also treated at the scene for smoke inhalation, although they have since been able to return to their homes.

It is the third fire fatality in four days in north Staffordshire after an elderly couple died in a house fire in Biddulph Moor on Thursday.

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