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Case study 1

In 2005, ireighters from Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service 

attended a fatal ire incident in Knowsley. This involved a man 

in his late 40s who lived on his own in a flat. He was alone at 

the time of the ire.

The ire occurred in the bedroom and the man was found and rescued 

from the flat’s hallway. He died later in hospital as a result of burns. 

The suspected cause of the ire was as a result of candles accidentally 

igniting combustible materials including clothing, paper and bedding. 

Following further investigation, evidence was found that he had been 

drinking before the incident as well as possibly taking a prescribed 

tranquiliser drug. The deceased was known to have been a smoker, but 

evidence indicates that cigarettes were not the cause of the ire.

The property had not previously received a Home Fire Safety Check 

(HFSC), however he had smoke alarms itted.

In a case like this it is likely that this individual was known to external 

agencies and that he would be in receipt of Beneits. With data sharing, 

someone in this situation could be identiied at an earlier stage and 

safety measures put in place that would reduce the likelihood of a ire 



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