A PENSIONER has died after becoming trapped upstairs in his home after the stairwell burnt away.
The fire, which left the 82-year-old occupant of Top Hill cottage, Watery Lane, Frodsham, dead at the scene, happened at about 7.45am this morning (Saturday, August 21).
A Cheshire Fire and Rescue spokesperson said: "At 7.45am, the service received a call to a fire at a cottage in Watery Lane, Frodsham with reports that there was someone still inside the property.
"On arrival crews found the detached cottage well alight and donned breathing apparatus before entering the building to search for the occupant.
"The stairs had burnt away so fire-fighters then used a ladder to get into one of the bedrooms at the rear of the property.
"Once inside they searched the bedrooms and found the occupant on the floor of one of the bedrooms.
"The 82-year-old man was carried down the ladder by fire-fighters and was subsequently pronounced dead at the scene.
"Crews brought the fire under control using one main jet but remained at the scene damping down.
"Fire investigation officers are working with police to establish the cause of the blaze which is believed to have started in the hallway.
"Staff from the Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service will be visiting other properties in the vicinity to provide reassurance and fire safety advice."