Woman dies in Hayling Island house fire this morning as family are informed
A WOMAN died in a house fire in Hayling Island this morning – leaving a close-knit community sad.
Crews from Hayling Island, Cosham, Emsworth and Southsea attended the blaze in Bacon Lane at 7.52am where a 95-year-old woman was found dead.
Police said the fire was not being treated as suspicious currently.
A police spokeswoman added: ‘Her family have been informed and are being supported. A file will be prepared for the coroner.’
Firefighters wore breathing apparatus and used hose reel jets to put the fire out and a ventilation fan to clear smoke before the fire was extinguished at 9.16am.
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Resident Richard Coates said: ‘This morning the road was closed with there multiple fire appliances in the area.
‘Police were there blocking the road. They must have been there a while dealing with it.
‘It is absolutely awful to hear of the lady’s death.
‘When I saw the road was closed off I thought it could be a serious fire.
‘Police and fire investigation were still there in the afternoon.’
Leah Turner, Hayling east councillor, said: ‘All the councillors are very sad to hear of the passing of this lady.
‘It is absolutely awful to hear about.
‘To get to age 95 and die in a house fire is terrible.
‘The community in Hayling is close-knit and I’m sure everyone is sad to hear about this. You don’t often get situations like this.
‘Our thoughts go out to her family and friends.’