An appeal has been launched to raise money for a funeral of a man who died in a hospital fire.

Christian Raeburn, who lived in Accrington, was admitted into Pendleview Mental Health Unit after being detained under the Mental Health Act on Monday, December 25.

At some point during the day a fire began in his room, and on Boxing Day Mr Raeburn, 36, died due to injuries sustained in the blaze.

Now an appeal has been launched by his brother Alex's girlfriend, Paris George, which aims to support the family and help to pay for the funeral costs.

In a message on the GoFundMe page Paris wrote: “I am doing a fundraising event for Christian Raeburn.

"He sadly lost his life in a fire recently on Christmas day, I am trying to help his family for the funeral and extra towards the headstone.

“I just want to say to the family that I am truly sorry for what you are going through my heart goes out to you all of you.

“It is heart breaking to hear this and it's absolutely devastating for the family I give my love to you.

“Christian Raeburn rest in peace and I hope you find peace, God bless you and the family that's going through such a hard time getting through this."

Both the fire service and police were called to the incident and Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust said an investigation is underway into the incident.

Lancashire Police said it was called to the police to a report of arson and has referred itself to the Independent Office for Police Conduct having had contact with Christian earlier on Christmas Day when he was detained.

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