Woman dies in house fire near Richmond

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A WOMAN, aged 54, has died following a fire at a house near Richmond.

Investigations are underway into the cause of the blaze at the property at North Cowton, near Richmond.

A spokesman for North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said: “North Yorkshire Police investigators are continuing to work alongside fire investigation officers to determine the cause of the fire. Investigations are expected to continue until Monday afternoon.

“We are not in a position to name the woman at this time.

“Police officers will remain at the scene until the investigation is completed,” the statement added.

Firefighters were called to the fire at 2pm on Friday and four fire crews attended. When they arrived the building was well alight and the fire made the property structurally unsafe.

They revisited the scene on Saturday to carry out further work to make the site safe enough for fire crews and police officers to enter the premises and begin investigations into the cause of the fire.