Cumbria

Richard Durkin killed in Ambleside house fire

  • 31 December 2013
  • From the section Cumbria
Police in front of a house
Image caption Police are working with the fire service to establish the cause of the fire

A house fire which killed a man in Ambleside is not being treated as suspicious, Cumbria police has said.

Richard Durkin, 58, was pronounced dead at the scene of the fire, which started on the ground floor of the property on Bridge Street at about 07:30 GMT.

Mr Durkin's partner, a woman aged 53, was asleep upstairs when the fire alarm went off. She was unable to get him out of the property, the BBC was told.

Firefighters said the fire was "well developed in the kitchen" upon arrival.

Mr Durkin's partner was not injured. His family have been informed.

Supt Mark Pannone said: "There's no other properties affected but we've got a very unfortunate and tragic situation on New Year's Eve."

Four firefighters wearing breathing apparatus extinguished the ground-floor fire.

Police are working with Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service to establish the cause of the fire.

Bridge Street was closed for about two hours.

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