County Durham fire death sparks alarm warning

A man has died after a fire in a flat in County Durham.

The man, who has not yet been named, was freed from the ground floor property on Forest View, Brandon, but died at the scene.

A joint police and fire service investigation is under way to discover the cause of the blaze, which is thought to have started in a bedroom.

A fire service spokeswoman said the tragedy highlighted the need for smoke alarms to be installed in flats.

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