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Wednesday, 21 November 2007, 17:59 GMT
Pensioner, 88, dies in house fire


An investigation into a fatal house fire where an 88-year-old man died has revealed smoke alarms at the property were not working.

The fire was discovered at Betws-yn-Rhos in Conwy at 0955 GMT on Wednesday morning after neighbours raised the alarm.

North Wales Fire Service renewed their call for people to take advantage of their free home fire safety checks.

A fire service spokesman said the fire was started accidentally.

Kevin Smith, county safety manager for Conwy, said he wanted to pass on his condolences and sympathy to the friends and family of the man who died.

The gentleman involved in this incident did have smoke alarms fitted, but unfortunately they did not operate.
Kevin Smith, North Wales Fire and Rescue Service

"In a small community like Betws-yn-Rhos losing a local resident can really make the reality of death hit home," he said.

"I hope and believe that residents in the area and those across north Wales will hear about this tragic incident and will be determined to help safeguard the lives of elderly or vulnerable friends and neighbours."

Mr Smith said it was the responsibility of the community to make sure that everyone was safe in heir homes.

He said the fire service was still offering free home fire safety checks to all householders.

"The gentleman involved in this incident did have smoke alarms fitted, but unfortunately they did not operate.

"Smoke alarms must be checked regularly by occupants, and our fire safety checks will ensure that those being visited are aware of this," he added.