Man dies after fatal fire in South Tyneside

An 85-year-old man has sadly died after being rescued by firefighters from a house fire in South Tyneside on Saturday evening [January 14th].

Crews from Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWFRS) were dispatched to a reported residential fire at a bungalow in Biddick Hall, South Shields.

TWFRS Fire Control had received the emergency call at 5.02pm and two appliances were sent from South Shields Community Fire Station, arriving on scene within just six-minutes of the 999 call.

Four firefighters using breathing apparatus immediately entered the property and rescued the resident from the fire.

The man was given emergency treatment at the scene by firefighters until the arrival of our colleagues from North East Ambulance Service.

The resident was later taken to South Tyneside Hospital where he sadly passed away from his injuries on Sunday morning.

Area Manager Phil Clark, of TWFRS, said: “Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the victim at this sad time.

“Our crews were in attendance of the fire within minutes of the emergency call and were able to rescue the resident from the property.

“Firefighters alongside other blue light colleagues fought tirelessly to help save the life of the resident.

“They did an incredible job, in very difficult circumstances, and will also be offered any support they may need.

“Our fire investigation team will also be supporting Northumbria Police as they prepare a report for the coroner.

“With any fatal fire in the region we will always look to see if there is anything we can learn to help keep the communities of Tyne and Wear safe from harm.”

A Northumbria Police spokesperson said: “This is a tragic incident and our thoughts go out to the family and friends of the man involved.

“Police do not believe the death to be suspicious or that there was any third-party involvement. A report has been made for the coroner.”

The residential fire is currently under investigation to identify the cause of the incident but, at this time, it is not believed to have been started deliberately.

TWFRS offer free home visits as part of their safe and well checks, during which they can check smoke alarms or fit new ones.

Staff can also identify any other fire risks and work with occupants to address issues in their home.

Anyone who wants to speak to TWFRS is encouraged to fill in a form on their website, or by calling their freephone number 0800 032 7777.