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Elderly Couple Die in House Fire

An elderly couple, believed to be in their 80s, have died in a house fire in the Staffordshire Moorlands last night.

“Investigations into the cause of the fire are now underway; however we don’t believe it to be suspicious."

Station Manager, Carl Mason

An investigation into the cause is underway; however it is not believed to be suspicious.

Crews attended the incident on Hurst Road in Biddulph Moor shortly after 7pm last night. Three fire engines from Biddulph, Sandyford and Congleton were sent to the incident and on their arrival smoke was issuing from a window of the semi-detached cottage.

Station Manager, Carl Mason said: “Crews had been informed that there were potentially people still inside the property and so when they arrived they forced entry into both the front and side doors. They immediately began to search the property and sadly found a couple in the rear lounge showing no life signs.

“We would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the couple’s family and friends.

“Investigations into the cause of the fire are now underway; however we don’t believe it to be suspicious. We will also be looking into the circumstances that lead to this tragic incident, alongside our partners, to see how we can prevent similar incidents occurring in the future.”

Crews used two hose reel jets to tackle the blaze and the fire was brought under control in approximately 15 minutes. The fire has destroyed the rear lounge area of the property and caused severe fire damage to the rest of the ground floor. The first floor of the property has been smoke logged.

The final crews left the incident at 2.30am this morning.