'They did all they could' - chief fire officer commends bravery of rescue crews after man dies following fire at former care home

The chief fire officer has praised crews called out to the fire at a former care home where a man died this morning.

Saturday, 3rd November 2018, 11:01 am
Updated Monday, 5th November 2018, 11:03 am
Chris Lowther
Chris Lowther

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue attended the scene and brought a number of residents to safety. One man was found unconscious inside and pronounced dead a short time later.

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Related: Neighbours describe efforts to save man who died in Easington Lane fireChris Lowther, the chief fire officer for Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue, took to twitter to praise the efforts of his fire fighters in their handling of the operation.

He said: "Firefighters did everything they could to try and save the lives of all those involved.

"I commend their bravery, professionalism, and sheer effort. My thoughts are with the man who died."