Man dies in flat fire

PUBLISHED: 12:09 09 November 2019 | UPDATED: 12:17 09 November 2019

Crews from Burnham-on-Sea, Bridgwater, and Taunton tackled the fire for almost four hours.   Picture: Burnham Fire and Rescue

Crews from Burnham-on-Sea, Bridgwater, and Taunton tackled the fire for almost four hours. Picture: Burnham Fire and Rescue

Burnham fire and Rescue

A man has died after a fire tore through his flat.

Crews from Burnham-on-Sea, Bridgwater, and Taunton tackled the fire for almost four hours.   Picture: Burnham Fire and RescueCrews from Burnham-on-Sea, Bridgwater, and Taunton tackled the fire for almost four hours. Picture: Burnham Fire and Rescue

Police and fire Officers are investigating the cause of the fatal blaze which started at the rear of a commercial property in Market Street, Highbridge at just after 11am, yesterday (Friday).

Crews from Burnham-on-Sea, Bridgwater, and Taunton tackled the fire, which had spread from a storage area to the flat, for almost four hours, finally extinguishing it at 2.45pm.

An Avon and Somerset Constabulary spokesman said: "The occupant of the flat - a man - sadly died.

Crews from Burnham-on-Sea, Bridgwater, and Taunton tackled the fire for almost four hours.   Picture: Burnham Fire and RescueCrews from Burnham-on-Sea, Bridgwater, and Taunton tackled the fire for almost four hours. Picture: Burnham Fire and Rescue

"We are treating the death as unexplained and enquiries into the incident continue."

A Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue spokesman told the Mercury the two-storey flat had received 90 per cent fire and 100 per cent smoke damage.

They said: "Crews used two hose reel jets and six breathing apparatus to extinguish the fire.

Crews from Burnham-on-Sea, Bridgwater, and Taunton tackled the fire for almost four hours.   Picture: Burnham Fire and RescueCrews from Burnham-on-Sea, Bridgwater, and Taunton tackled the fire for almost four hours. Picture: Burnham Fire and Rescue

"The cause of the fire is still being investigated."

The adjoining road was also closed for several hours while emergency services dealt with the fire.

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