Three Older People Killed In Three Separate Fires Within 24 Hours

The fires occurred on Friday and Saturday last week.

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) is investigating three separate fires which claimed the lives of three elderly people.

The causes of the fires, which happened on Friday and Saturday last week, all are believed to be accidental.

The fires are not connected, however the casualties were all over the age of 70 and all lived alone.

The incidents

  • Fire crews were called out to a house fire on Akroyd Lane in Hebden Bridge at 12.20pm last Friday (04/01). The blaze is thought to have originated from the lounge area of the property. A man in his 70s was found dead at the scene.
  • On the same day, at around 5pm, crews attended a fire at a bungalow on Deighton Road in Huddersfield. A woman in her 80s later died from her injuries in hospital.
  • On Saturday (05/01), WYFRS were called out to a house on Skipton Avenue in Fartown, Huddersfield. It occurred at around 11.45am. A woman in her 80s was rescued from her house, but later died in hospital.

Deputy Chief Fire Officer Dave Walton said: “Our condolences go out to the family and friends of the people who have sadly lost their lives in what we believe to be three tragic accidents.”

“In each instance the attending firefighters did everything possible to tackle the fire and save the occupants.

“Our Fire Investigation Team is conducting a thorough examination of all the circumstances which led to the fires and will be making reports to the coroner which is standard procedure.

“There is nothing which links these recent fatalities other than the fact that the casualties are all older people who lived alone.  Sadly, older people are more likely to suffer serious injury if a fire occurs in their home, but remember fires can happen to anyone.

“At this time of year we urge everyone to look out for people in their communities who may need a helping hand. If you can test a neighbour’s smoke alarm, prevent a trip hazard or run an errand to make sure they are warm, well and have food in the cupboard then please do your bit to support others.”

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