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Man flees fierce Nelson house blaze
A MAN fled a blaze which started in the bedroom of his semi-detached home in Nelson yesterday.
The blaze, in Cravendale Avenue, destroyed the room, caused severe fire damage to the rest of the house, and smoke damage to the property next door.
One of the men who lives in the house was at home when the fire started, and police and firefighters are still trying to establish a cause.
Firefighters were called at 6.50am after reports that the first-floor room was ‘well alight’.
They spent more than three hours tackling the flames, and searching the debris for clues as to how the fire started. Three crews, two from Nelson and one from Colne, were sent to the property.
Bob McGregor, crew manager at Nelson Fire Station, said the man who was in the house at the time of the fire had managed to escape before his crews arrived.
He was treated for smoke inhalation by paramedics.
“The front bedroom was totally destroyed.
“We and the police have searched both houses to look for any evidence to determine what may have started the fire.
“We believe three people live in the house, and all three have been spoken too.”
A Lancashire Fire Service spok-esman added: “We are looking at the possibility that the fire was started deliberately.
“The nature of fires means that a lot of evidence can be destroyed, so our-selves and the police will continue to look at forensic evidence and carry out interviews where appropriate.”
Lancashire Police said they were treating the fire as ‘unexplained’.