Elderly Woman Dies In House Fire

An 88-year-old woman has died in a house fire.

Emergency services were alerted to the blaze at Craigelvan Gardens in Cumbernauld, North Lanarkshire, at around 11.20am today.

The three fire crews dispatched to the scene found the blaze to be ''well-developed'' upon their arrival and an additional team was sent to help with the emergency response. The single-storey building had suffered a partial collapse.

Police Scotland later confirmed the death of the elderly woman.

A force spokeswoman said: ``Police can confirm that an 88-year-old woman has died in a fire at Craigelvan Gardens in Cumbernauld.

''A 63-year-old man was also treated at the scene by paramedics.

''An investigation is under way to establish the exact cause of the fire.''

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said appliances from Cumbernauld, Easterhouse and Kilsyth were involved in tackling the blaze.

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