Burnley wood disabled fire victim named

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The Burnley man who died in a fire at his downstairs flat has been named as James Victor Thompson.

Mr Thompson (57) was found dead by firefighters in his flat at Kay Garden, Burnley Wood, in the early hours of Thursday morning following a fire.

Shocked neighbours confirmed that Mr Thompson was wheelchair-bound and received visits from carers daily.

A post-mortem examination to discover exactly how he died will be held on Monday. An inquest is expected to be opened and adjourned on Tuesday.

Three fire engines were called to the scene after being alerted to a fire shortly before 1am on Thursday.

Crew manager Rick Courtney said: “The cause of the fire is not yet known, but we are currently investigating with police.”

DC Charlie Haynes from Burnley CID said the fire was not being treated as suspicious.

Neighbour Mr John Monks (87) said: “He seemed a quiet man who I don’t think was in the best of health.

“Two nurses would come every two hours every day. He couldn’t cook for himself, but I don’t how the fire started. I didn’t realise he had died until the following morning. I’m shocked.”

His black labrador dog managed to escape the fire and is now being looked after by a friend.

Another neighbour said a taxi would call most days to take him to a nearby club.

Mr Thompson’s death was the second caused by a house fire in the Burnley area in the last week.

Young mum Katrina Rose Black (21) died on Sunday night following a fire at her terraced house in Hapton.

A post-mortem examination by Home Office pathologist Dr Philip Lumb on Thursday proved inconclusive. He has requested toxicological and histological tests be carried out.

A full inquest date has been set for April 29th next year.