Man dies following fire in RMBI flat

A man has died following a fire in a flat rented independently from the Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution (RMBI) in Leicester last week.

Police officers found the body of a man, who had been barricaded inside the flat adjoining Devonshire Court care home in Oadby, at 5.50pm last Tuesday.

A Leicestershire Police spokesperson said: “On arrival at the scene, officers discovered that the flat was barricaded from inside and it was found that there was a fire inside. The fire service attended.

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“The man’s body was discovered inside and he was pronounced dead at the scene.”

A joint fire and police investigation is being carried out into the incident but officers said it was not being treated as suspicious.

A Devonshire Court spokesperson said: “RMBI Care Co. can confirm there has been a fire at a house on the site of one of its properties at Devonshire Court in Leicester shortly before 6pm on Tuesday 24 April. We can confirm there has been one fatality and one staff member was taken to hospital after sustaining injuries but has now been released.

“The care home itself was not damaged by the fire. RMBI Care Co. was fully prepared to evacuate the care home in line with its strict fire safety procedures but this was not required.

“The cause of the fire is unknown and RMBI Care Co. is working with the police and relevant authorities to establish the cause.”

Devonshire Court is a complex that provides residential care and dementia support for up to 69 people.

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