Emergency services confirm man, 29, found dead at Northampton home fire

The body of the 29-year-old victim was found outside one of the three properties after about 40 firefighters rushed to the fire at Olden Road, Rectory Farm at just after 1.30pm.

Crews from even Rothwell stayed on the scene for more than ten hours.

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The initial investigation into the cause of the fire began late Sunday night, as firefighters and police officers arrived on the scene Monday morning to continue the investigation.

Station manager Ronnie Rochester, who attended the fire, said: “Our immediate thoughts are with the family and friends of the gentleman who sadly passed away at the scene.

“This was a very harrowing incident for both our firefighters and the members of the public who witnessed it.

“We will provide welfare support to our firefighters and will also do our best to help everyone who witnessed it.

Police and fire brigade were present on Sunday at a fire in Pastorie Farm. Photo: Aperturenorthampton.com

“We would like to express our gratitude to those members of the public who promptly alerted our control room and provided us with important information that informed our response.”

Crews from The Mounts, Mereway, Wellingborough, Rushden, Brixworth and Rothwell set one property on fire with smoke from three other adjacent properties.

Firefighters used breathing apparatus to fight the flames and searched all the buildings. The fire was thought to have been extinguished by 3 p.m., but thermal imaging cameras identified a small fire that flared up in a roof space FOUR O’CLOCK later.

Rectory Farm Road was closed and electricity to a number of nearby properties was cut off while firefighters put out the blaze.

A local community center was opened as a shelter for families evacuated from their homes.

City councilors have pledged to help the affected families.

James Hill, who represents the Billing & Rectory Farm branch in the West Northamptonshire borough, tweeted: “I am devastated to hear the news that has happened in our community today.

“Your local councilors will work hard to ensure we support all the families affected by these events.”

UPDATING: Northants Fire & Rescue, Police and West Northants Councilors will be near the Rectory Farm Community Center on Monday (March 21) until 4.30pm to support everyone affected by Sunday’s fire.

Victims and witnesses can also find emotional and practical support from Voice Northants.

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