Man dies in tragic flat fire

A man has been found dead at the scene of a flat fire in Buckfastleigh.

Firefighters were called to Bossell Road just after 5.30am on Thursday.

Police have now confirmed a man was pronounced dead at the scene. Investigators are trying to establish the cause of the blaze.

A spokesperson for Devon and Cornwall Police said: “Police were called to assist the fire service with a fire at a property on Bossell Road, Buckfastleigh, this morning at around 7am.

“A man was pronounced deceased at the scene. His next-of-kin has been informed.

“Enquiries into the circumstances of how the fire started are being conducted.”

Fire crews were at the scene at 5.36am. Neighbouring flats were evacuated.

Bossell Road Buckfastleigh
Bossell Road Buckfastleigh

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said: “Three fire engines from Buckfastleigh, Ashburton and Totnes were sent to reports of a flat fire in Buckfastleigh. Upon arrival crews used two breathing apparatus, one hose reel jet and one safety jet.

“Crews confirmed the fire to be on the first floor and increased breathing apparatus to six wearers, whilst occupants of the flats were evacuated from the building.

“Crews remain on scene at this time and are currently ventilating the property using positive pressure ventilation fans.

“Police and ambulance services were also informed and are in attendance at this incident.”

Devon Live