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Fatal house fire in Leeds

Fire crews were called to a house fire at a property in Farfield Court, Garforth, just after 6.30pm yesterday evening (29.04.14).

The incident was a persons reported and five engines attended as well as a hydraulic platform.

At the height of the fire between 25 and 30 firefighters were on the scene.

One man, suffering from serious burns, was treated at the scene by fire crews and paramedics.

He was taken to hospital but later died from his injuries.

Another person was found dead at the scene.

Incident Commander Nigel Kirk said: “Sadly two people have lost their lives as a result of this fire. Our condolences go out to their family and friends at this difficult time.

“This was an extremely serious fire.

“Crews arrived quickly at the scene and were fast to establish there were no other survivors inside the property.

“Due to the severity of the fire it took around 25 to 30 minutes to bring under control.

“The fire spread into the roof of the property so a hydraulic platform was used to attack it from above.

“We managed to stop the fire spreading to an adjoining semi-detached property. However, this property was evacuated due to smoke damage.”

Appliances attended from Garforth, Gipton (2), Stanks and Moortown along with the hydraulic platform from Leeds.  

Fire crews maintained a presence at the scene overnight and gave reassurance to the community.

Specialist fire investigators remain at the scene today and are working alongside police to establish a cause of the fire. Fire crews will be in the area over the next couple of days offering advice and reassurance.