Man in his 90s died in Brentwood house fire

A man in his 90s died in a house fire in Brentwood yesterday (Sunday).

The fire was in Snakes Hill, in Navestock Side at about 12.30pm and firefighters believe the cause of the fire was a gas leak.

A joint police and fire service investigation has been launched since the blaze to establish the circumstances of the fire.

An Essex Police spokesman said: “Police were contacted by the ambulance service following reports of a blaze on Snakes Hill, Navestock Side.

“Officers investigated and found the body of a man in his 90s. The fire is being treated as unexplained while the joint investigations take place.”

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An Essex County Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: “Crews at the scene reported that the whole of the ground floor was well alight and the whole of the two-storey building smoke logged.”

The fire was under control just after 1pm and the spokesman added at the time: “Firefighters have discovered a gas leak and at 1.45pm reported that the leak was under control and the property was being ventilated.” The gas board was in attendance.

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