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15 June 2015, 11:40
A man has died following a 'loud bang' at a house in St Neots.
Two crews from St Neots and a crew from Gamlingay were called to a house fire in Hen Brook, St Neots around 5.30am yesterday morning.
Combined Fire Control was contacted by police after neighbours to the property heard a loud bang.
When the first fire crew arrived, there were no obvious signs of fire from the outside of the property. Four firefighters wearing breathing apparatus forced entry to the property by the front window and searched the house for any people using a thermal imaging camera.
A male casualty was located downstairs near the back door and firefighters rescued him from the property.
Firefighters and police officers gave the casualty CPR. Unfortunately, he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Meanwhile, crews located a fire under the stairs in the household utility cupboard and extinguished it using hose reels and jets.
There was a working smoke alarm in the property and it is believed to have activated.
All crews returned to their stations by 8.35am.
A fire investigation determined the cause of the fire to be accidental, by electrical.