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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Fatal Fire in Lichfield

28/01/2013

A 43-year-old Lichfield woman died in a house fire over the weekend.

“Our thoughts are with the woman’s family and friends at this difficult time and we will support them in any way we can.”

Group Manager, Tim Hyde

Firefighters from Lichfield, Burton and West Midlands Fire Service were called to Little Hay Lane in Little Hay at 7.44am on Saturday to reports of a severe fire involving a detached cottage. The caller believed the female occupier was still inside.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus forced entry to the property to search for the woman. They found her unconscious in an upstairs bedroom and she was  pronounced dead at the scene.

Group Manager, Tim Hyde said: “This was a tragic incident where a woman has lost her life. Due to the severity of the fire a full fire investigation was postponed until yesterday, when it was established that an open fire on the ground floor caused the blaze.

“There had been no fire guard in use and it would appear that the open fire had set light to a nearby throw draped over a chair. There were no smoke alarms fitted in the property so the woman would not have had any early warning to the fire.

“Our thoughts are with the woman’s family and friends at this difficult time and we will support them in any way we can.”

Firefighters will be in the area this week speaking to residents about fire safety and offering free Home Fire Risk Checks.