Man found dead after house fire on New Year's Day

A man has lost his life after a house fire broke out on New Year’s Day.

Neighbours raised the alarm shortly before midday after smoke was seen coming from the home in Gillingham, Kent.

Firefighters were at the property for five hours as they put out a blaze on the ground floor and secured the area.

Despite their efforts, paramedics were unable to save the man, who is yet to be identified.

In a statement, Kent Fire and Rescue Service said: ‘Two fire engines attended and sadly a man was pronounced dead at the scene.

‘Firefighters extinguished a fire on the ground floor using a hose reel jet.

‘Kent Police and SECAmb paramedics also attended, and an investigation into the cause of the fire is underway.’

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