Elderly man dies in fire in Darlington flat

Scene of fire
Image caption The fire had broken out in the sitting room of the first floor flat

An elderly man has died in a fire at a first floor flat in Darlington.

Emergency services were called to Festing Court in the Red Hall area of Darlington by an automatic fire alarm on Saturday afternoon.

They extinguished a small fire in the sitting room of the sheltered accommodation. No details have as yet been released about the man who died.

Durham Police and the fire service have begun a joint investigation into its cause.

Susan Johnson, chief executive of the County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service, said: "As a service we aim to protect and educate the members of our communities about the dangers of fire.

"At a time like this we are reminded of these dangers and urge all residents to take up our offer of free Home Fire Safety Advice and the fitting of smoke alarms."

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