Investigation under way into Dinnington house fire that killed OAP

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A man in his 60s has died after fire tore through his home in Rotherham in the early hours of the morning.

Robert Walton, 66, who lived alone, died in the early hours of yesterday as a result of the ‘tragic fire’.

Fire damaged house on Meadow Street Laughton Common. Chief Inspector Richard Butterworth

Fire damaged house on Meadow Street Laughton Common. Chief Inspector Richard Butterworth

An investigation is now under way into the blaze at Mr Walton’s home on Meadow Street, Laughton Common.

South Yorkshire Police said they will conduct a ‘full and thorough investigation’, but believe there were no suspicious circumstances and no-one else was involved.

Firefighters from Aston Park, Maltby, Rotherham, Mansfield Road and Central fire stations were all sent to the incident at about 1.30am.

Mr Walton was found dead inside the property.

Fire damaged house on Meadow Street, Laughton Common

Fire damaged house on Meadow Street, Laughton Common

Speaking outside the property yesterday, Chief Inspector Richard Butterworth, of South Yorkshire Police, said investigations are at ‘a very early stage’ but there are believed to be no suspicious circumstances.

He said the man was believed to have lived alone and no-one else was injured in the incident.

Nearby homes were evacuated as the fire was dealt with but no structural damage has been caused to them.

Mr Butterworth said: “Although we are conducting a full and thorough investigation, at this stage we are not looking for anybody else in relation to this incident. It seems there was a tragic fire.”

Fire damaged house on Meadow Street, Laughton Common

Fire damaged house on Meadow Street, Laughton Common

Meadow Street was cordoned off by police yesterday as investigations continued.

A large hole could be seen where part of the roof of the fire-hit property had collapsed during the blaze.

Residents living on the road expressed their shock at the death of Mr Walton.

Bill Spooner, aged 75, who has lived on Meadow Street for more than 30 years, said: “It is terrible, I just can’t believe it. Everybody on this street looks after each other and we don’t get any trouble.”

The scene of the fatal fire at Laughton Common. Picture: South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service

The scene of the fatal fire at Laughton Common. Picture: South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service

He said he had been asleep when the incident happened and had been told of the man’s death by a neighbour yesterday morning.

A forensic post-mortem examination was being carried out yesterday evening.