House fire claims life

A man died in a house fire at Two Wells recently.

Neighbours alerted police and emergency services to the fire at the Williams Road property just after 7pm on Saturday May 9.

Two Wells CFS brigade captain, Adam Harris, said on arrival crews found the house well alight.

“When we arrived the front half of the house was well involved,” Adam said.

“We attempted a search but it was just too well involved for us to enter into the house, from either the back or the front.”

Five firetrucks and 35 firefighters, including crews from Virginia and Gawler River contained the fire in about half an hour, when the body of a 71-year-old man was discovered in his living room near the front of the house.

“It appears the fire started in the lounge or living area,” Adam said.

“Our efforts were hampered by the amount of belongings collected on the premises, both inside and outside.

“This is a distressing incident for everyone.”

While no evidence of animal remains were found at the property, crews did find cat food and associated pet items at the house.

Fire cause investigators were called to the scene and investigations are ongoing but at this stage the cause of the fire is not believed to be suspicious.

Police will prepare a report for the Coroner.

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