Woman dies in Hapton house blaze

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A young woman has died following a fire at her home in Hapton.

Fire crews were called to the terraced house, in Manchester Road, at 10-39pm on Sunday. Nine firefighters battled to put out the blaze which completely gutted the property but the woman, in her early 20s, died at the scene.

Police and the fire service have now launched a joint investigation in a bid to establish the cause of the fire and formal identification of the woman has yet to take place.

Yesterday morning police officers were interviewing neighbours and flowers were laid at the front of the boarded up house.

Residents living either side of the property had to be evacuated while crews tackled the fire.

A Lancashire Police spokeswoman said: “At 10-45pm on Sunday, October 27th, police were called by the ambulance service to reports of a fire at a terraced house in Manchester Road at Hapton.

“Sadly a woman aged in her early 20s was found deceased at the address. The fire is currently being treated as unexplained and a joint police and Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service investigation is under way.”

A spokesman for Lancashire and Fire and Rescue added: “There was a serious house fire at Manchester Road in Hapton and sadly the occupier of the house passed away. A joint police and fire service investigation is under way to determine the cause of the fire which may go on for some time as the damage was extensive.”

One neighbour said: “I don’t know what happened but we had to leave our houses for a couple of hours while they put out the fire. We were all stood out on the street.”