Investigation launched after pensioner killed in house fire

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POLICE and fire chiefs have launched a joint investigation after a pensioner was killed in a kitchen fire.

The 66-year-old woman died after a blaze broke out at the bungalow in Sycamore Crescent, Trimdon Station.

Firefighters were called to the building at 9.04pm on Friday, July 12, and went into the property to bring the woman out.

Despite their lifesaving efforts, paramedics pronounced the woman dead at the scene

The fire is said to have been contained to the kitchen with “minimal damage” caused to the house.

A County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: “There was a small fire in the kitchen at the property.

“A female adult was rescued from the building, but she was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.

“A joint investigation with police and fire investigation officers will now take place over the weekend.”

Two crews from Peterlee Fire Station and one from Wheatley Hill had been sent to deal with the incident.

The fire service will continue to have a presence in the area over the coming days to give out fire alarms and to offer safety advice.

For a free fitting and fire safety assessment call the fire service on (0191) 3324222.