Woman and dog die in house blaze

AN elderly woman has lost her life in a house blaze earlier today.

Firefighters from Cheadle and Longton were called to the detached property in Withington Lane near Leigh shortly after eight o’clock this morning.

A Staffordshire Fire and Rescue spokesman said: “Firefighters wore breathing apparatus and used one hose reel jet to put out the fire but unfortunately the elderly woman had already passed away. It is believed she also had a dog in the property which has also sadly died.

The fire has caused some structural damage to the building and so operations have continued from the outside of the property.”

A joint fire investigation will begin with the police once the building is considered safe to enter.