A MAN has died after a flat fire in Coventry yesterday morning.
The emergency services were called to Earlsdon Avenue North at 11.39am.
Fire crews were alerted at 11.27am and the first crews arrived on the scene within four minutes.
Three fire engines and 14 firefighters from Coventry and Canley stations battled the blaze and were supported later by two other engines – one from Foleshill and one from Binley.
A West Midlands Fire Service spokesperson said: “Very sadly, in spite of our firefighters rescuing and administering CPR to a man in his early 50s, he was pronounced dead at the scene.
“Our thoughts are with everyone affected.”
Firefighters worked closely with police officers and West Midlands Ambulance staff, safely evacuating residents from other flats in the three-storey, end-terrace property.
West Midlands Ambulance Service sent the Hazardous Area Response Team (HART), two paramedic officers and the West Midlands CARE Team.
The man was in a critical condition and being given CPR by a bystander when crews arrived.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Staff took over in administering advanced trauma care to the man, but sadly, despite everyone’s best efforts nothing could be done to save him, and he was confirmed deceased on scene.”
Fire investigators believe that the fire started accidentally and involved an overheated electrical item.