Firefighter killed in chip-pan blaze
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.