A 36-YEAR-OLD woman died in a house fire in Waterlooville, police have confirmed.
Flames were spotted in the ground floor of the house in Woodsedge, Stakes, at 10.45am yesterday.
Firefighters and paramedics arrived to find a dead woman.
Initial reports from neighbours suggested the woman was elderly, but police have confirmed she was in her 30s.
Jim Pusey, a spokesman for Hampshire Police, said: ‘Hampshire Constabulary was called at 11.05am yesterday morning to a report of a fire at a residential property on Woodsedge in Waterlooville.
‘The body of a 36 year-old woman from Waterlooville was discovered at the property.
‘Her death is not being treated a suspicious at the current time. A file will be prepared for the coroner in due course.
‘An investigation into the circumstances of the fire is on-going.’
Police said they would not be naming the woman as the matter has now been passed to the coroner for Portsmouth and south-east Hampshire.
The road was cordoned off for several hours at the junctions with Jasmine Grove and Springwood Avenue yesterday.
Officers from the joint police and fire service arson task force could be seen inside and outside the house trying to piece together what happened.
Neighbours spoke of their shock.
Lindsay Grinnall, of nearby Lombardy Rise, said: ‘I walked past the house just a couple of hours before the fire.
‘Then I went out in the garden to hang my washing out and saw thick smoke, and I looked down the road and saw all the fire engines.
‘It looked bad but it never crossed my mind that someone had died. It’s very sad.’
Thick black smoke could be seen across the Stakes estate and passers-by said flames could be seen out of the downstairs window of the house, which is set back from the road.
Bradley Hughes, 22, said: ‘We turned up to visit my parents at about 11am and all the fire engines and ambulances were there.
‘My mum had seen the smoke and it covered the whole area.
‘It’s a very sad thing to happen in this day and age.’