Investigation concludes that electric blanket was most likely cause of fire which claimed life of 72-year-old man

13:37 09 July 2014

Archant

An electric blanket was the most likely cause of a house fire in Ely in which a 72-year-old man died, Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service has confirmed.

Firefighters were called to New Barnes Avenue shortly before 1am last Friday following reports that a house had caught fire.

Neighbours also expressed concern to emergency services that the homeowner, identified locally as Terry Kidman, was still inside.

A spokesperson for Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue said:

“On arrival of the first crew the police were at the scene and had smashed a window to try to gain access but were unable to get inside due to the smoke.

“Fire crews from Littleport and Ely attended and entered the house. They discovered the body of an elderly man in the front room where the fire had started.”

The spokesman added that an “intense investigation” followed in the days after the incident involving a number of factors but that officials believe that an electric blanket was the most probable cause of the blaze.

0 comments

Comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Ely Standard visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Ely Standard staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Ely Standard account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Yesterday, 08:15
Star Radio staff, joined by Callum Fairhurst, third from left, launch the Christmas toy appeal.

Star Radio has launched its first ever Christmas toy appeal, in aid of a Soham charity.

Yesterday, 17:27
Cambridgeshire Police

A terrorist crackdown has been launched in Cambridgeshire with the focus on firearms and explosives as part of Counter Terrorism Awareness Week.

Yesterday, 13:55
Ruth Neave .

Ruth Neave spoke for the first time publicly today of the 20 years almost to the day since her six year-old son Rikki was found murdered.

Yesterday, 08:15
Paddy Ashdown with Councillors Gareth and Pauline Wilson.

Former Liberal Democrat party leader Paddy Ashdown took time out from his busy promotional tour to give a rousing speech to party members in Ely.

Most read stories

Most commented stories

E-edition