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Thursday, 22 November 2007, 16:59 GMT
House fire death pensioner named


An 88-year-old man who died in a house fire in Conwy county has been named as Henry Cecil Ansell.

Mr Ansell was found at his smoke-filled home at Betws-yn-Rhos after neighbours raised the alarm at 0955 GMT on Wednesday.

An initial investigation revealed smoke alarms at the property were not working.

North Wales Fire Service has 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.