Elderly man who died in Poole house fire named as 77-year-old Graham Cox

Bournemouth Echo: UPDATE: Person dies in Poole house fire UPDATE: Person dies in Poole house fire

AN ELDERLY man died in a house fire in Poole yesterday.

The emergency services were called to the blaze in Pearce Avenue, Lower Parkstone, at around 2pm and it was later confirmed that there was a body inside the home.

The victim has been named locally as 77-year-old Graham Cox although no formal identification has been carried out yet. 

Yesterday, the house was not considered safe enough for the body to be recovered.

Inspector Ian Jarred said police and fire investigators were working to establish the circumstances surrounding the fire, along with its cause.

Crime scene investigators and Dorset Fire investigators attended.

In all, seven fire appliances were sent to the scene, along with a number of paramedics.

Inspector Jarred, speaking at the scene at around 4pm yesterday, said: “We are not treating it as suspicious, but we are trying to find out how the fire has been caused.”

Dorset Police contractors working nearby noticed flames coming out of the property.

“They attempted to force an entry, but were forced back by the flames,” a force spokesman added.

Chris Baker, who lives opposite, said: “I came upstairs and saw a thick yellow smoke coming from the roof. The wind was blowing out towards the harbour, taking it away from the properties.

“There were flames coming out the roof and the firefighters were having to bash through it with some on ladders.

“The whole road was cordoned off. I’ve never seen so many emergency services vehicles. There must be about 25 with police, fire and ambulance.

“The property next door had to have the roof sprayed with something so it wasn’t damaged.”

Police cordoned off the road, sealing it at the junctions with Elms Avenue and Sandbanks Road.

The fire was thought to have started in an upper floor.

Neighbour Linda Wood said: “The house is two along from the yacht club, but I don’t know the people who live there. I’ve got builders at my house at the moment and I spoke to them on the phone and they told me it was chaos down here.”

Another neighbour, who asked not to be named, said: “I think an elderly couple lived at the property and they kept themselves to themselves pretty much.”

The cordon around the property was last night still in place and police confirmed it would remain well into today.

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4:21pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Controversial But True says...

So sad to read. Condolences to friends and families.

We should pay tribute to the actions of these contractors who put themselves at risk, and of course the Fire Service.
So sad to read. Condolences to friends and families. We should pay tribute to the actions of these contractors who put themselves at risk, and of course the Fire Service. Controversial But True
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4:25pm Wed 9 Jul 14

nigglygrilly says...

Saw the smoke from Poole Park - so sad that someone has lost their life. I echo the above comment regarding the emergency services - thank goodness we have such amazing people to rescue and assist us when we need them. It's such a shame that a lot of the services we rely on rely on us to donate as they are charitable organisations :-(
Saw the smoke from Poole Park - so sad that someone has lost their life. I echo the above comment regarding the emergency services - thank goodness we have such amazing people to rescue and assist us when we need them. It's such a shame that a lot of the services we rely on rely on us to donate as they are charitable organisations :-( nigglygrilly
  • Score: 59

5:26pm Wed 9 Jul 14

spooki says...

Oh no. We were on the Swanage bus and saw the smoke, I was hoping it wasn't a house fire. Very sad news.
Oh no. We were on the Swanage bus and saw the smoke, I was hoping it wasn't a house fire. Very sad news. spooki
  • Score: 15

6:19pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Huey says...

Easy to have have pop at firefighters but tragedies like this make you realise they do a great job, and not one that I would want to do, even if I could. Credit where it is due. This could have been much worse.
Easy to have have pop at firefighters but tragedies like this make you realise they do a great job, and not one that I would want to do, even if I could. Credit where it is due. This could have been much worse. Huey
  • Score: 48

10:02am Thu 10 Jul 14

PCSC05 says...

oversee wrote:
"a great job"......!!!!!! wouldn't like to see them do a bad one.
What a stupid remark!! I suppose you think you could have done better!! If you care to read the article the fire was fully developed when the fire service arrived. What on earth do you expect?? The firefighters do the very best that they can. I bet you would be glad to see them if god forbid anything happened to you. Have a bit of respect please.
[quote][p][bold]oversee[/bold] wrote: "a great job"......!!!!!! wouldn't like to see them do a bad one.[/p][/quote]What a stupid remark!! I suppose you think you could have done better!! If you care to read the article the fire was fully developed when the fire service arrived. What on earth do you expect?? The firefighters do the very best that they can. I bet you would be glad to see them if god forbid anything happened to you. Have a bit of respect please. PCSC05
  • Score: 26

10:11am Thu 10 Jul 14

TheDistrict says...

At times like this, one can see why the Firefighters take action regarding their work conditions and pensions. I can remember back in 77/78 when the Fire Brigade had a national strike, and the armed forces took over, as ordered by the Government and the Ministry of Defence. Having covered the period of the strike for 5 months, I would not want to do that job any more than I had to. They are brave men and women, and deserve better treatment.

Sad news to hear of this fire, and the loss of life. My condolences to any family.
At times like this, one can see why the Firefighters take action regarding their work conditions and pensions. I can remember back in 77/78 when the Fire Brigade had a national strike, and the armed forces took over, as ordered by the Government and the Ministry of Defence. Having covered the period of the strike for 5 months, I would not want to do that job any more than I had to. They are brave men and women, and deserve better treatment. Sad news to hear of this fire, and the loss of life. My condolences to any family. TheDistrict
  • Score: 20

1:15pm Thu 10 Jul 14

Ollieblog says...

Why 'Elderly' 'Echo'? What is the relevance of this ageist comment?
So sad for all involved especially the family.
Why 'Elderly' 'Echo'? What is the relevance of this ageist comment? So sad for all involved especially the family. Ollieblog
  • Score: 1

1:30pm Thu 10 Jul 14

Avengerboy says...

Ageist echo reporters, have they seen the local demographic?
Ageist echo reporters, have they seen the local demographic? Avengerboy
  • Score: -1

10:49pm Thu 10 Jul 14

whataboutthat says...

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Comment censored whataboutthat
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7:55am Fri 11 Jul 14

oversee says...

just go in and get the body...wimps.
just go in and get the body...wimps. oversee
  • Score: -11

10:38am Fri 11 Jul 14

CharlotteJay says...

I would like to commend everyone that was involved in the rescue of my Uncle in this tragic awful event that will scar my family forever, anyone on here who has an unintelligible comment to add please stop and think of what you are saying before you write it, you have no idea what you are talking about....I would like to thank others for their kind words, he was an incredibly hard working man from a very hard working class background and this loss will never go away......thank you again to all that risked their lives to help in this truly sad sad accident. :(
I would like to commend everyone that was involved in the rescue of my Uncle in this tragic awful event that will scar my family forever, anyone on here who has an unintelligible comment to add please stop and think of what you are saying before you write it, you have no idea what you are talking about....I would like to thank others for their kind words, he was an incredibly hard working man from a very hard working class background and this loss will never go away......thank you again to all that risked their lives to help in this truly sad sad accident. :( CharlotteJay
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5:16pm Fri 11 Jul 14

BuzyLiz says...

I am the friend of the next door neighbors, I saw for the first time today how badly damaged the house is, there is still a hive of activity going on, firefighters etc working on the house, they dont rest till its done, its probably still too dangerous to go inside and do anything. But, my friend had nothing but the highest praise for all the emergency services have done, she is so grateful at distressing time like this, they have been wonderful, very supportive. Well done to all those who do such a fantastic job. My heart goes out to the family and those who know them x
I am the friend of the next door neighbors, I saw for the first time today how badly damaged the house is, there is still a hive of activity going on, firefighters etc working on the house, they dont rest till its done, its probably still too dangerous to go inside and do anything. But, my friend had nothing but the highest praise for all the emergency services have done, she is so grateful at distressing time like this, they have been wonderful, very supportive. Well done to all those who do such a fantastic job. My heart goes out to the family and those who know them x BuzyLiz
  • Score: 6
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