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  • 15 December 2013, 16:40

Fire Death At Flat During Firefighter Strike

A man has died in a blaze in a north London flat while firefighters were striking over pensions.

The London Fire Brigade (LFB) has been forced to release a statement denying the strike had any bearing on the man's death.

Fire crewswere called to the flat fire on Oakfield Road in Hornsey at about 9.52pm on Saturday.

"The fire damaged part of the ground floor flat and sadly the body of a man was found at the scene," an LFB statement read.

The incident occurred while industrial action, organised by the Fire Brigade Union, was under way.

The union's London branch wrote on Twitter before the incident: "Firefighters preparing for their sixth strike in dispute over pensions, to take place tonight between 6.00pm and 10.00pm."

It later wrote: "Information coming in which suggests the London Fire Brigade's contingency plans failed disastrously tonight."

Firefighters finished at the scene at 11.14pm. Two fire engines and 14 firefighters and officers from Hornsey fire station attended the incident.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

A spokesman for the London Fire Brigade said on Sunday:"Based on early investigations into this death, it is not believed that the strike made any difference to the outcome.

"It does not appear that neither the contingency fire crews, nor LFB's own crews had they not been on strike, would have reached him in time and have successfully rescued him."