A devastated dad-of-two has spoken of his anguish after losing everything in a house fire believed to have started in his fridge freezer.
Noel Davies was made homeless after flames ripped through his home.
Fire investigators believe the blaze started in his fridge – and now the project manager is urging people to make sure their electrical goods are safe.
Mr Davies was on his way to work when he received a phone call to say his Lydiate home was on fire and “smoke was bellowing out of the windows”.
Despite knowing the house was severely damaged the 38-year-old, who is an ex-Army medic, was still shocked when he returned to the home on Ridgeway Drive.
He said: “I knew it would be bad, but not to the extent to what it is. My daughter’s bedroom upstairs was pink and white, now it’s black.”
Battling to overcome the setback – made worse because his home insurance had recently expired – Mr Davies thanked his friends for their support.
He said: “I’ve got some really good friends, the messages of support have been overwhelming and the British Legion have offered help if needed. I would just like to thank my neighbours as well because they’ve been great. But the only thing I can take is that nobody was hurt.
“That’s the good bit. My whole life has gone... I lost everything. I’m going to have to borrow clothes, any furniture I had is gone, it’s ruined.”
Mr Davies’ fridge freezer was manufactured by Beko, a firm which has issued product safety notices in recent years, including over fridge freezers built between January 2000 and October 2006.
A spokesman for Beko told the Ormskirk Advertiser: “We have been informed of the incident and are currently investigating whether one of our appliances is the cause. Until this is established it is inappropriate to comment further.”
While Merseyside Fire and Rescue have confirmed their belief the fire started in the fridge freezer, they said they could not tell if the appliance was faulty as it was too badly damaged. The incident took place on Monday lunchtime last week.
Watch Manager Marvin Yates called on “people to ensure that electrical appliances are in good working order”.
Mr Davies added it was important to shut property doors properly – the only room unaffected by smoke damage was the only one to have its door fully closed.
He said: “It’s not something you do in terms of looking at your fridge.
“I would just tell people to take two minutes, Google the appliance and see if there’s a fault in it. If there is do something about it.”