Elderly woman dies in house fire

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Firefighters discovered an elderly woman’s body after being called to a ferocious house blaze.

Crews were called to a property on Birchfield Street, Thatto Heath, at about 11.20pm on Thursday, January 29, after a fire broke out in the lounge.

Firefighters donned breathing apparatus and discovered the body of an elderly woman as they tackled the flames.

A man also suffered slight smoke inhalation and was given a precautionary check by paramedics at the scene.

An investigation into the cause of the fire is now underway, however it is believed that the fire was an accident.

District manager Chris Case said: “Firefighters extinguished the fire quickly however fire crews sadly discovered the body of an elderly woman in the lounge of the property.

“An investigation into the cause of the fire is underway. A reassurance campaign will be carried out in the area.”

The lounge was left damaged by fire and the ground floor moderately smoke damaged.

Firefighters from Eccleston, St Helens and Huyton remained at the scene until shortly after 2am the following day.