Man killed after Sunderland house blaze

A man has died after a house fire in Sunderland.

Firefighters were called to Mariner Square on Friday, October 19, at 6.20pm to tragically find the body of a 56-year-old man.

A man has died after a house fire on Mariner Square in Sunderland.

A man has died after a house fire on Mariner Square in Sunderland.

The fire had gone out before crews from Sunderland Central, Marley Park and Farringdon Community Fire Stations, arrived on the scene.

Firefighters ventilated the property and isolated the gas supply.

It is suspected that the fire was caused by smoking materials.

John Pratt, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service area manager for service delivery said: "This is a tragedy and our thoughts and sympathies go out to his family and friends.

Fire crews tragically found the man dead at his home on Mariner Square.

Fire crews tragically found the man dead at his home on Mariner Square.

"Our crews did everything they could, but the fire was believed to have burnt itself out prior to us being called and the man was confirmed dead when we arrived.

"I would also like to commend our firefighters for their professionalism and dedication.”

Firefighters are reminding the communities of the importance of having working smoke alarms and the need to test them regularly.

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Prevention and Education teams were out in the Mariner Square area over the weekend offering home safety checks and advice to local residents.

It is suspected that the fire was caused by smoking materials.

It is suspected that the fire was caused by smoking materials.