Man dies after Whitecross flat fire

Friends have left flowers outside the house in Avontoun Crescent where the man died
Friends have left flowers outside the house in Avontoun Crescent where the man died

A 49-year-old man has died following a fire in a flat in Whitecross this morning.

Firefighters attended the blaze at around 9.19 a.m. after neighbours saw smoke from a ground floor flat in Avontoun Crescent.

Emergency crews attended, but the man had died at the scene.

A fire investigation has been launched, but it is believed the fire started in the living room.

No-one else was injured, and residents from the neighbouring flats were all accounted for.

Inspector John Kellett, of Forth Valley Division Police Scotland said: “There appears to be no suspicious circumstances and the identity of the man will not be released until the formal identification process has been carried out.”

Following the incident, Martyn Brandrick of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said: “The flat did not have a working smoke alarm, and we would like to take this opportunity to remind homeowners of the importance of a working some alarm.

“Smoke alarms are vital for ensuring people get very early warning when fire breaks out.”

Anyone who with information can contact Police Scotland on 101 or information can be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.