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Man dies at fire in sheltered housing block in Swiss Cottage

Man pronounced dead at scene in Alexandra Place

08 December, 2017 — By William McLennan

Forensic officers are investigating the death 

A MAN has died at a fire at sheltered housing block in Swiss Cottage this morning (Friday).

Fire crews were called to the blaze at a flat in Robert Morton House in Alexandra Place, off Loudon Road, at around 7:45 this morning.

The man, believed to be in his 60s, was a resident of the six-storey building which is run by Origin Housing.

Six fire engines and 35 firefighters took just under two hours to control the blaze. It is believed they were able to stop flames spreading far beyond one flat, which was left with smoke-damaged windows.

It is the second fire death in the past three weeks, following the death of Magdalena Fink in Hampstead on November 21.

One flat was damaged by flames

A spokeswoman for the housing association said: “A fire occurred this morning in one of the apartments at our retirement scheme in St John’s Wood and we are aware that the resident of this apartment died as a result. This is very upsetting news for all those involved and our thoughts are with the family. Fortunately no other residents were affected by the fire and all are safe and well and being supported by staff on site. We are co-operating fully with the Fire Brigade investigation currently underway.”

The brigade said that a ground floor flat at the six-storey block had been damaged by fire, adding: “Sadly one man was pronounced dead at the scene.”

Imran Ahmed, of Masterclean dry cleaners in Langtry Walk, said he saw the fire brigade arrive, but said the blaze appeared to be fairly small. “There was about four of five fire engines, but there was no sign of any smoke or fire.”

The cause of the fire in under investigation.

Police are treating the death as “unexplained” and are attempting to contact his next of kin.


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