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Thaxted house fire: Elderly woman dies and man taken to hospital

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An elderly woman died and a man was taken to hospital as a result of a house fire in Thaxted on Saturday morning (Nov 28).

The blaze happened in a terraced house in Weaverhead Close. It started on the ground floor and spread upstairs.

Neighbours on both sides were evacuated as four Essex County Fire and Rescue Service (ECFRS) crews – two from Saffron Walden and one each from Newport and Dunmow – tackled the flames and stopped them from spreading.

Assistance was provided by crews from Stansted, Harlow and Witham fire stations as well as an aerial ladder platform from Chelmsford station, which was used to tackle the fire from above.

An ECFRS spokesperson said: "After evacuating neighbours from either side of the property, firefighters worked to stop the fire from spreading to neighbouring properties. Firefighters used positive pressure ventilation in the neighbouring properties’ lofts to prevent smoke damage."

The fire service was alerted at 7.49am. Firefighters extinguished the blaze by 11.15am. Three crews remained at the scene throughout the day to monitor hotspots.

A joint Essex Police and ECFRS investigation is being carried out to determine the cause of the fire.

Essex Police said: "A man aged in his 60s managed to escape and was taken to hospital as a precaution. Sadly, an elderly woman died at the scene."

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