A MAN has died in a house fire in Kilmacolm.

The tragedy happened in the early hours of Sunday at a property in the village’s Finlaystone Crescent.

It is the third fatal house fire to happen in Inverclyde in less than two months.

The 65-year-old victim's name has not been released by the authorities.

Emergency services rushed to the scene just after 4am when the alarm was raised but the occupant sadly passed away.

An investigation has been launched to establish how the fire started.

Police say that although enquiries are continuing into the blaze it is not being treated as suspicious.

A spokesperson for Police Scotland said: “Around 4.25am on Sunday 10 February 2019, police and fire service attended a report of fire at a house in Finlaystone Crescent, Kilmacolm.

“A 65-year-old man died at the scene.
“Relatives are aware.
“An investigation is currently ongoing to establish the exact cause of the fire and a report will be sent to the procurator fiscal."

The fatality follows the recent deaths of two men in separate house fires, in Gourock and Greenock, in late December.

Graeme Binning, Scottish Fire & Rescue Service local senior officer, told the Telegraph: “The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service was alerted at 4.21am on Sunday February 10 to reports of a fire within a house on Finlaystone Crescent, Kilmacolm.

“Operations control mobilised a number of fire engines to the scene and firefighters extinguished the flames.

"Sadly, one man passed away at the scene.

"Our thought are with all of those who are affected at this time."