Fatal House Fire In Houghton Regis

A man has died in a house fire in Houghton Regis this morning (Mon 2nd March).

Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service's Fire Control received several 999 calls to report a fire in a house in Chelsea Gardens, Houghton Regis, at around 1.30am on Monday 2nd March, 2015,

Fire crews from Dunstable were at the scene within minutes, and a further fire appliance from Toddington was sent to assist in view of the repeat 999 calls to Fire Control.

Firefighters arrived to find a "fierce fire" on the ground floor of the 2-storey dwelling, with smoke in the upper floor.

Firefighters in breathing apparatus entered the house as it was reported that someone may still be inside the building.

One man was rescued from the building and treated by paramedics at the scene, before they were taken to hospital. A second person, believed to be a neighbour, was also treated for the effects of smoke inhalation at the scene.

Fire Officers later confirmed that a third person, a man, was confirmed deceased at the scene.

The fire was extinguished by 2.21 a.m. with firefighters using 2 hose reels, 1 jet and a covering jet. The fire caused extensive damage to the ground floor, with severe smoke damage to the first floor.

The incident declared under control at 3.25 a.m. and fire crews remained at the scene for a further hour, damping down and cutting away.

A fire investigation is underway.