Blaze claims lives of man and his dog
A WIDOWER and his dog died in a mystery blaze at his Hillhouse home.
Relatives said John Thewlis, 73, died after an early morning fire at his cottage in Ash Street.
Neighbours awoke to the smell of smoke just after 5am yesterday and called emergency services. Police, fire crews and paramedics attended the scene.
The Examiner understands Mr Thewlis was brought out by firefighters and paramedics