York & North Yorkshire

One dead as blaze damages Harrogate house

The scene of the house fire
Image caption The fire service said the house was badly damaged

Investigations are under way after a house fire in North Yorkshire in which a man died.

Five fire appliances were sent to the house in Birch Grove, Harrogate, at about 0130 GMT on Thursday.

North Yorkshire Fire Service said the man was found in a first-floor room. He has not yet been identified.

North Yorkshire Police and North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service have started a joint investigation to establish the cause of the fire.

A fire service spokesman said crews remained at the scene.

He said the house was so badly damaged it would need to be shored up.

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