Warning to check smoke alarms after fatal house fire near Holbeach

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FRIDAY 3.35PM: An appeal for people to check their smoke alarms has been made after a house fire near Holbeach in which an elderly woman died.

Police and fire investigators are currently at the scene where an 84-year-old woman died when a fire broke out on the ground floor of a house in Weydyke Bank, between Fleet and Holbeach St Johns, at about 7.30pm last night.

The woman was pronounced dead at the scene and three members of her family were taken to Pilgrim Hospital, Boston, suffering from the effects of smoke inhalation.

There is no suggestion that the cause of the fire is suspicious, but Sean Taylor of Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue said: “Today we will carry out a joint investigation with Lincolnshire Police, supported by the regional fire detection dog.

“I urge members of the public to complete a Home Safety Check at www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/lfr to help prevent fires in the home. “Also, please make sure you have a working smoke alarm inside your home as they do save lives and provide you with vital time to get to safety.”

For more advice on fire prevention in your home, call Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue on 01522 580397.

FRIDAY 12.30PM: An elderly woman has died in a house fire in Holbeach.

Emergency services were called to the property in Weydyke Bank around 7.30pm last night.

The 84 year-old woman was pronounced dead at the scene. Three of her family members were taken to Boston Pilgrim Hospital to be checked over.

The fire is not thought to be suspicious but a police scene guard remains in place to allow fire investigators to complete their work and establish the causes of the tragic incident.