An investigation is underway into how a Leeds prisoner died after a fire started in his cell.
West Yorkshire Police’s homicide and major enquiry team is carrying out inquiries into the death of Joseph Majchrzak at HMP Wealstun in Wetherby on August 6.
An inquest into Mr Majchrzak’s death, which opened in Leeds today (August 20) heard that smoke was seen coming from his cell, which he occupied alone, shortly after 7am.
Despite efforts to save him, the 31-year-old Leeds man was confirmed dead a short time later.
Coroner David Hinchliff heard that a postmortem found that he had died as a result of smoke inhalation.
The inquest has been adjourned pending the outcome of the police investigation.
Mr Hinchliff said any resumed inquest would need to be heard by a jury.
A spokesman for West Yorkshire Police said: “We were called to HMP Wealstun on August 6 following the sudden death of a 31-year-old Leeds man.
“His family has been informed and inquiries are ongoing with the Prison Service into the circumstances.”
He added that the death is not currently being treated as suspicious.
A spokeswoman for the Prison Service said: “HMP Wealstun prisoner Robert Majchrzak was found dead in his cell at approximately 7.10am on Tuesday August 6.
“As with all deaths in custody, the Independent Prisons and Probation Ombudsman will conduct an investigation.”
She added that any further comments would only be made following the conclusion of both the police investigation and the inquest.