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A woman dies as a result of a house fire
written by Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue on the 16th May 2017 at 17:10

A woman has died as a result of a house fire which happened around midday yesterday (15 May) in the Seaburn Dene area of Sunderland. Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service mobilised twelve firefighters and three appliances to the property. Crews used hose reels and breathing apparatus to tackle the fire when they entered the property. A 77 year old woman was discovered in the living room. She was treated by North East Ambulance Service at the scene and conveyed by air ambulance to the Royal Victoria Hospital. Sadly, she passed away later that afternoon. Area Manager Keith Carruthers, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, said: "Our thoughts and sympathies go out to this lady's family and friends at this very sad time. “I would encourage every household to have a working smoke alarm and to get them fitted on every level and they should be checked regularly. “If you have elderly relatives, check they have working smoke alarms and if they don't, contact your nearest fire station to arrange a free home safety check. Find out if they have a safe night time routine where they switch off appliances, close doors and make sure they don't smoke in bed. Having an easy checklist could make them much safer in their own homes.” Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service and Northumbria Police are carrying out an investigation into the cause of the fire.
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