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Pensioner dies in house fire after mobility scooter ‘deliberately set alight’

Malcolm Turner, 69, died at the scene in Coventry
Malcolm Turner, 69, died at the scene (Picture: SWNS/PA)

A pensioner died in a house after his mobility scooter was torched outside his home.

Malcolm Turner, 69, was found unconscious by emergency services inside the maisonette at 4.35am on Tuesday, in Foleshill, Coventry.

Paramedics pulled him out of the smoking property but despite best efforts to revive him he was pronounced dead at the scene.

A post-mortem examination is due to take place tomorrow on Thursday to determine the cause of death.

West Midlands Police believe the blaze was started deliberately, after the victim’s mobility scooter was thought to have caught fire outside the apartment block.

Officials believe someone set it on fire deliberately, while a second fire, which broke out around 20 minutes later in front of a residential property nearby, is being treated as arson.

GV of the scene on Jenner street in Coventry where police and fire have launched an investigation following the death of a man in a flat fire over night. August 20 2019..See SWNS story SWMDfire. An investigation has been launched after a man died following a horror fire at his maisonette in the early hours of this morning (Tue). Emergency services were called to reports of a blaze at a property on Jenner Street, in Coventry just before 4.30am. The victim, who has not been identified, was pulled from the burning flat but could not be saved and was pronounced dead at the scene. A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said two ambulances and a paramedic officer were sent to the residential street.
Police believe someone deliberately set the mobility scooter alight (Picture: SWNS)
Malcolm Turner, 69 who died in a house fire in Foleshill, Coventry on 20/08/19. See SWNS copy SWMDfire: Detectives investigating the death of a man whose body was found inside a Coventry flat fire have confirmed they suspect the blaze was started deliberately. Fire crews were called to a property in Jenner Street, Foleshill, at 4.25am on Tuesday after reports the maisonette had gone up in flames. Resident Malcolm Turner, aged 69, was found collapsed inside and sadly pronounced dead at the scene; a post mortem examination is due to take place tomorrow to determine the precise cause of death.
Mr Turner was found unresponsive in the property (Picture: SWNS)

In the second blaze, a pile of dumped rubbish including a mattress was set alight before the flames spread to the front door of the terraced home.

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Everyone was evacuated and no-one was injured but officials believe the two blazes were connected.

Detective Chief Inspector Jim Munro, said: ‘We are treating the two fires as potentially linked and that both were set intentionally.

‘Clearly lighting fires in residential areas is hugely reckless as the flames can be blown towards homes, putting property and lives at risk.

‘Tragically a man has lost his life and we have a specially-trained family liaison officer helping his loves ones at this difficult time.

GV of the scene on Jenner street in Coventry where police and fire have launched an investigation following the death of a man in a flat fire over night. August 20 2019..See SWNS story SWMDfire. An investigation has been launched after a man died following a horror fire at his maisonette in the early hours of this morning (Tue). Emergency services were called to reports of a blaze at a property on Jenner Street, in Coventry just before 4.30am. The victim, who has not been identified, was pulled from the burning flat but could not be saved and was pronounced dead at the scene. A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said two ambulances and a paramedic officer were sent to the residential street.
A second blaze broke out nearby around 20 minutes later (Picture: SWNS)
GV of the scene on Jenner street in Coventry where police and fire have launched an investigation following the death of a man in a flat fire over night. August 20 2019..See SWNS story SWMDfire. An investigation has been launched after a man died following a horror fire at his maisonette in the early hours of this morning (Tue). Emergency services were called to reports of a blaze at a property on Jenner Street, in Coventry just before 4.30am. The victim, who has not been identified, was pulled from the burning flat but could not be saved and was pronounced dead at the scene. A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said two ambulances and a paramedic officer were sent to the residential street.
Police are linking the two fires (Picture: SWNS)

‘If anyone has any information about the fires or saw anything suspicious in the area on Tuesday morning then I’d urge them to make contact.’

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said two ambulances and a paramedic officer were sent to Mr Turner’s home in the early hours of Tuesday.

He added: ‘On arrival, ambulance crews found firefighters actively fighting a fire in a flat.

‘Unfortunately, when a man was brought out of the property it was immediately obvious that nothing could be done to save him and he was confirmed dead.

‘He was the only casualty.’

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