An 18-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of arson after a man died following a house fire.
The male, in his 50s, was pronounced dead at the scene after being rescued from the blaze at a terraced home in Tame Road, Tipton, shortly after 8.10pm on Tuesday, West Midlands Police said.
A woman in her 30s, who was also rescued by firefighters, was taken to Russells Hall Hospital, in Dudley, with smoke inhalation.
Two police officers who were passing the house joined neighbours in trying to help those trapped inside but were forced back by the ferocity of the flames.
Detectives believe the arrested woman, who is being questioned on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life, is known to the occupants of the house.
An investigation is continuing into how exactly the blaze started, with West Midlands Fire Service saying the cause was currently “unknown”.
Firefighters received multiple 999 calls about the blaze, West Midlands Fire Service said.
The first of six appliances was at the scene in four…