Update: Police name man who died in Colne house fire

Police remain at the scene of the house fire in Cleveland Street where a man died.
Police remain at the scene of the house fire in Cleveland Street where a man died.
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A 51-year-old man found dead at a house in Colne has been named by police.

Tony Sloane was found by firefighters in a ground floor flat in Cleveland Street shortly after 7-30pm on Monday after crews from Colne and Earby were called out to reports of a fire.

Evidence of a chip pan blaze was discovered on arrival, however, a firefighter who attended the scene said it had burned out before the two pumps had got there.

An ambulance was called and Mr Sloane was confirmed as being dead.

Police have said there are no suspicious circumstances surrounding Mr Sloane’s death, the exact cause of which is still to be established, and a file has been passed to the coroner.

One neighbour has spoken of her shock. Louise Townson, who lives across the road, said: “It’s such sad news.

“I have only spoken once to him, and that was when he asked if he could start parking his car outside my house.

“He was quiet and he kept himself to himself. I saw him out and about now and again and getting some shopping and things like that.

“From the time I did speak to him, he sounded a nice, kind man.

“The last time I saw him was at about 5pm on Saturday. He was just getting some shopping out of his car and it was raining.

“He then went into his flat and since then, I’ve not seen him or seen his car move from outside my house.”