Man dies in Sheffield house fire

House on Landseer Walk, Gleadless Valley, where a man was found dead after a fire
House on Landseer Walk, Gleadless Valley, where a man was found dead after a fire
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A man has died after a fire at his Sheffield home.

Police were called to the property in Landseer Walk, Gleadless Valley, this morning after neighbours became concerned about a resident who had not been seen for a few days.

Worried neighbours alerted the emergency services after they approached the mid link property and found the windows were hot to the touch and blackened with soot.

One resident told The Star police officers kicked the door in.

The property was occupied by a 70-year-old man, the resident said.

Firefighters arrived at the scene shortly afterwards and went into the house wearing breathing apparatus.

A South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue spokesman confirmed an adult male had died in a fire which is believed to have started accidentally.

He said: “A Sheffield man has been found dead after emergency services were called to a property in Gleadless on Thursday morning.

“Police and fire crews attended the address, on Landseer Walk, at around 11am, but found the man in his seventies had been dead for some time. 
“The fire was smouldering, and the house was heavily smoke logged.

“Firefighters used water-filled backpacks to damp down hot spots, and ventilated the property, before beginning an investigation.

“Initial investigations are focusing on a gas fire, and suggest an accidental cause.

“It appears that no smoke alarms were present in the property.”

Residents said they didn’t see any flames but the glass windows were hot to the touch.

This afternoon the house was cordoned off and a police officer stood guard.