Investigation launched following fatal fire in Widnes Date published: 1st August 2016 2.29pm

A joint investigation has been launched following a fatal fire in Widnes.

At approximately 10.25pm on Saturday 30th July officer were called to reports of an explosion at an address on Sunningdale Avenue, Widnes.

Cheshire Police attended the scene and a number of residents were evacuated from nearby properties for a short period of time whilst and Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service dealt with the fire.

The fire was extinguished shortly after midnight and Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service left the scene at approximately 00.25am.

Sadly the occupant of the address, a 43-year-old man, was declared dead at the scene.

Officers are not looking for anyone else in relation to the incident.