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19 December 2010, 09:44
A woman, rescued from her burning home in Southampton after a fire broke out, has died.
Hampshire fire crews battled to put out the fire at a property on Osborne Road South Saturday (17th Dec) at 5.44am.
Fire crews from St Marys, Redbridge and Hightown were mobilised to the scene along with the Special Equipment Unit from St Marys.
50% of the property was damages by fire and 50% was damaged by heat and smoke.
The woman was taken by ambulance to hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival.
Police are now conducting a joint investigation with the fire services to establish the cause of the fire which is not being treated as suspicious.
A spokesperson from Hampshire Fire and Rescue said: “People across Hampshire are being reminded it’s vitally important to have smoke detectors fitted in their homes. An early warning of fire will ensure you are able to evacuate the property.
“You can buy smoke alarms at DIY stores, hardware and electrical shops, and at some supermarkets. We advise people to buy an alarm which conforms to the British Standard and carries the well-known Kite mark.
“If people really do need help with fitting their smoke alarms, or fire safety advice, they should contact the fire service’s Community Safety team on 023 8062 6809 or visit our website at www.hantsfire.gov.uk.”
Area Manager Bob Wythe said: “We all have a responsibility to look out for the safety of vulnerable people in our communities, particularly as the colder weather sets in, and gas fires, heaters, and electric blankets are switched on. If you know someone that may have difficulty fitting, maintaining and testing their smoke alarm, why not offer them your help?”