AN elderly man has died following an accidental fire at his home in Monk Bretton.

Emergency services confirmed the man was found dead having been unable to rescue him from the blaze at 5.30pm on Thursday on Newfield Avenue.

Three fire crews from Cudworth and Barnsley stations attended the incident.

“Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time,” said a spokesperson for South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue.

“The fire investigation has now completed and the cause of the fire was accidental.”