Fatal house fire in Sheffield thought to be down to smoking

The scene of a fatal fire on Manor Park Road in Sheffield.
The scene of a fatal fire on Manor Park Road in Sheffield.
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The death of a man who died in a blaze at his home in Sheffield is thought to be down to smoking.

Alec Connington, aged 58, lost his life after a fire broke out in his flat on Manor Park Road Manor Park, last month.

When firefighters arrived at the property it was engulfed in flames, which were shooting through the windows.

Police cordoned off the road while firefighters battled to extinguish the blaze

An investigation into the cause of the blaze, which broke out on Tuesday, February 17, has been carried out by officers from South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue.

A brigade spokeswoman said: “Fire investigators believe a flat fire on Manor Park Road, Sheffield, in which a man sadly lost his life probably started accidentally, with smoking materials the most likely cause.

“Investigators will now prepare their detailed findings ahead of a formal inquest into the man’s death.

“Thoughts are with the family of the man who died at what must be a very sad time.”

An inquest into Mr Coddington’s death has been opened and adjourned for a full file on the circumstances around the fire and victim’s life to be prepared for the coroner.

The inquest is due to be held in June.