Fire­fighter killed in chip-pan blaze

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An off-duty fire­fighter died fol­low­ing a chip pan fire in his Launce­s­ton home af­ter a night out at the pub.

Paul Oul­ton was dis­cov­ered by col­leagues who were called to the prop­erty in Pen­hole Drive fol­low­ing an emer­gency call from a neigh­bour. Mr Oul­ton, 43, a man­ager at Dairycrest in David­stow and a re­tained fire­fighter at Launce­s­ton Com­mu­nity Fire Sta­tion, died on April 2.

An in­quest in Truro heard that Mr Oul­ton’s neigh­bour Adam Smith heard a smoke alarm at around 2.30am on Mon­day, April 2 and went out­side to in­ves­ti­gate. Re­al­is­ing it was com­ing from Mr Oul­ton’s semi-de­tached house, he called the emer­gency ser­vices, and a fire crew from Launce­s­ton en­tered the house and dis­cov­ered their col­league.

Paramedics per­formed CPR on the fire­man but he was pro- nounced dead at the scene.

Mr Pilling told the in­quest that he be­lieved there were two likely sce­nar­ios in his col­league’s death – he had fallen asleep and been over­come by smoke or he had a med­i­cal event and then been over­come by the smoke.

He recorded a nar­ra­tive ver­dict of Mr Oul­ton’s death be­ing the re­sult of an ac­ci­dent to which a nat­u­ral med­i­cal event may have con­trib­uted.

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