Police conclude Monks Road fatal fire investigation

Lincolnshire Police have concluded their investigation into a fire which took the life of a much loved Lincoln volunteer.

Emergency services were called to a property managed by YMCA Lincolnshire on St Hugh Street off Monks Road during the morning of Monday, September 2.

A 39-year-old man died, who was later named locally as Richard ‘Tomo’ Thompson.

On Friday, September 6 Lincolnshire Police said: “Following our police investigation we can confirm that we have found no suspicious circumstances.

“The matter will now be passed to the coroner. The Fire & Rescue investigation is ongoing.”

The cause of the fire has yet to be established.

Photo: Connor Creaghan for The Lincolnite

Tributes began flooding in on social media for Richard, who lived in Lincoln but was originally from Mansfield.

Richard worked at Rilmac Scaffolding and also volunteered at Lincoln homeless charity Let Them Eat Cake, with the latter releasing a heartfelt tribute in his memory.

At the time of the fire neighbours told The Lincolnite that they saw smoke billowing from the property and a window could be seen completely blown out and charred around the edges.

Photo: Connor Creaghan for The Lincolnite

Caroline Killeavy, Chief Executive of YMCA Lincolnshire, previously said: “We are deeply saddened by the death of a man as a result of the fire and are currently working with the emergency services to establish the circumstances around it.

“We extend our sincere condolences to the deceased’s loved ones.”