Pensioner seriously ill after Ribble Valley flat blaze

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A Ribble Valley pensioner is seriously ill in hospital after being rescued from a flat fire in Chatburn on Wednesday evening.

Two fire crews from Clitheroe arrived at the first floor flat at Quarry Park Court just after 9 pm, four minutes after they had received the initial call.

When they arrived, along with a fire crew from Barnoldswick, they discovered a 69-year-old man who was conscious, but suffering from burns and smoke inhalation.

The firefighters had been alerted to the incident after the man’s neighbours in the block of four flats heard a smoke alarm.

Watch manager at Clitheroe Fire Station Dave McGrath told the Clitheroe Advertiser today (Friday) the injured pensioner was subsequently taken to the Royal Blackburn Hospital where he is being treated on a high dependency unit.

A Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service fire investigation officer is now trying to establish the cause of the fire at the flat in which firefighters fitted smoke alarms in 2012.

The flats are owned by Accent Group, a registered social landlord with offices in Burnley. A spokesman said: “We are aware of the ongoing investigation, but are not able to make nay other comment at this time.”

Firefighters from Clitheroe Fire Station used breathing apparatus, a hose reel and two positive pressure ventilation units when they dealt with the fire.