Elderly man dies after Merley house fire

Merley house fire
Image caption Police and fire crews have started a joint investigation into the cause of the fire

An elderly man has died after being rescued from a house fire in Dorset.

Fire crews and police responded after receiving a number of emergency calls to a house in Huntingdon Drive, Merley, near Wimborne at about 10:50 BST.

Police confirmed the man, who was taken by ambulance to Poole General Hospital, died shortly afterwards.

Four crews from Wimborne, Poole and Ferndown tackled the blaze on the ground floor. The cause is believed to be an accident.

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