Family of man in 40s informed after fatal Livingston house fire

Police are continuing to investigate a fatal house fire in Livingston in which they believe a man in his 40s has died.

Monday, 19th November 2018, 12:04 pm
Updated Monday, 19th November 2018, 12:14 pm
The fire took place in a house on Graham Way, Livingston. Picture: Google
The fire took place in a house on Graham Way, Livingston. Picture: Google

The emergency services were called to the house on Graham Way, Knightsridge area at about 4am on Saturday with reports that it was well alight with someone trapped inside.

Firefighters extinguished the flames but a body was sadly discovered inside the property.

A statement released by police today said that Formal identification is currently ongoing and that the person is believed to be a man in his forties.

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A report has been submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.

Detective Sergeant David MacMillan of Livingston CID said: "Our enquiries continue with colleagues in the fire service as we work to establish the full circumstances surrounding this. However, the fire is not currently being treated as suspicious.

"The family of the man believed to have passed away are being kept fully updated, and the community are thanked for their ongoing cooperation with emergency services."

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David Lockhart, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service’s local senior officer for Falkirk and West Lothian, said: “The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service was alerted at 3.58am on Saturday, November 18 to reports of a fire within a house in Livingston.

“Operations Control mobilised four fire engines to Graham Way where firefighters were met with a well-developed fire.

"Crews extinguished the fire, but sadly a person was found to have passed away at the scene and our thoughts are with all of those who are affected at this time.

“A joint investigation with Police Scotland is ongoing to establish the circumstances.”