Elderly woman dies in Herstmonceux house fire

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AN ELDERLY WOMAN has tragically died at the scene of a house fire in Herstmonceux.

The woman, who was not identified publicly at the time of going to press, died from the effect of the fire at the property in West End, Herstmonceux at 2.05pm on Wednesday, February 22.

Fire crews from Hailsham and Battle rushed to the scene. The Mobilising and Communications Centre received repeated calls about the incident - and quickly dispatched an extra fire engine from Bexhill to help the firefighters already working at the blaze site.

Fire crews used breathing apparatus and two hose reel jets to conqueror the fire, and performed search and rescue operations.

Firefighters found the elderly woman inside the property and managed to get her out of the home.

But she sadly died at the scene, according to East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service (ESFRS).

Sussex Police and East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service are investigating the cause of the fire, but it is not being treated as suspicious.

Chief Inspector Richard Coates, the Wealden District police commander, said: “This is a desperately sad incident and our thoughts are with the lady’s family and friends at this time.  

“There is nothing to suggest at this stage that there is anything suspicious about the cause of the fire, but a full investigation will be carried out to confirm this belief.”

Mark Matthews, ESFRS borough commander for Wealden District, also gave a comment about the tragedy.

He said: “This is a tragic incident and the thoughts of the firefighters, and everyone at East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service are with the lady’s family and friends at this difficult time.”

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