Elderly woman found dead after early-hours flat fire in Sidford

A woman in her 70s was found dead after a flat caught fire in Sidford in the early hours of Friday morning (December 18).

Firefighters were called to a home in School Street at 4am after reports of an alarm sounding, where crews found a small blaze in a bedroom at the ground-floor property.

Police said an elderly woman was found dead inside the flat and her next of kin were informed.

Officers said enquiries were continuing but the woman’s death was not currently being treated as suspicious.

A Devon and Cornwall Police spokeswoman said: “Officers from Devon and Cornwall police responded to reports of a house fire in School Street, in Sidford, Devon, in the early hours of this morning, Friday 18 December.

“Unfortunately, a woman in her 70s was located deceased inside the property. Her next of kin have been informed.

“Enquiries are ongoing but at this time her death is not being treated as suspicious.”

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service (DSFRS) said three crews attended.

On arrival firefighters found smoke inside the building and a casualty in a ‘serious condition’.

A DSFRS spokesman said: “We were called to a property in School Street at 4am after reports of an alarm sounding.

“On inspection, smoke was seen inside the building.

“Three fire crews attended and a small fire was extinguished in the bedroom of a ground floor flat.

“A casualty was found in the flat in a serious condition.”

The fire service said the police and ambulance service also attended.

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