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Tragedy when man dies after house fire in Ward End

A man has died in a house fire in Ward End.

About 20 firefighters battled a wildfire that engulfed a property on Sladefield Road at 5.20pm on Saturday (January 22).

The fire brigade forced its way into the home and rescued a man who is said to be in his 30s, who was given first aid on the spot by ambulance people.

He was taken to the hospital where he died.

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The cause of the fire is not being treated as suspicious and a case has been prepared for the coroner.

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A spokeswoman for the West Midlands Fire Service said: “On Saturday 22nd January at 5.20pm we were alerted to a serious fire in a three storey end terrace house in Sladefield Road, Ward End.

“The fire hit the hallway and the stairs on the ground floor. Our firefighters needed to force themselves in and rescue a man from inside. They provided first aid before the man was driven to the hospital by the ambulance service.

“Unfortunately, he was later confirmed dead.

“Our thoughts go to his family and friends as our investigations into the cause of the fire continue.”

A West Midlands Police spokeswoman said: “A man sadly died after a fire in a house in Alum Rock on Saturday night (January 22).

“We were alerted by colleagues from the fire department about the fire in Sladefield Road just before 5.30pm.

“A man in his 30s was taken to hospital with serious injuries but sadly died later.

“We have worked with fire department colleagues to assess the probable cause of the fire. Following these inquiries, we do not treat the fire as suspicious.

“We will prepare a complete report for the forensic pathologist. Our thoughts go to the man’s family.”

Crews from Erdington, Ward End, Sheldon and Hay Mills fire stations attended instead.


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