'Combustible materials' cause of fatal Morton fire

The farmhouse where the fire broke out
Image caption Police and fire officers carried out a joint investigation into the cause of the fire

A house fire in which a man died was 'most probably' caused by combustible materials being left too close to a portable electric heater, a fire service has claimed.

Firefighters rescued a 69-year-old man from a village farmhouse after being called to Pilsley Road in Morton, near Alfreton, at 20:45 GMT on Wednesday.

They tried to resuscitate him but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Crews have now issued safety advice on portable heaters and smoke alarms.

Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service gave out similar warnings after a man's body was found after a house fire in Walpole Street, Derby, last month.

The cause of that blaze was a halogen heater left too close to clothing or soft furnishings.

Image caption Firefighters were called to Morton, a village near Alfreton in Derbyshire

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