A 36-YEAR-OLD woman died in a house fire, police have confirmed.
The close-knit community in Stakes, Waterlooville, remains in a state of shock following the blaze at an end-of-terrace house in Woodsedge.
Following an investigation of the scene, police have ruled out any foul play or suspicious circumstances.
The inquiry into the woman’s death will now be dealt with by the coroner David Horsley.
A police statement said: ‘Hampshire Constabulary was called at 11.05am on Monday 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 this time.
‘A file will be prepared for the coroner in due course.
‘An investigation into the circumstances of the fire is ongoing.’
Flowers were left outside the house yesterday, one saying ‘RIP, fly high’.
Police said they would not be naming the woman.
A neighbour told The News she was ‘shell-shocked’ by the events on Monday morning.
‘A lady stopped in her car and hammered on the door shouting,’ said the woman, who did not want to be named.
‘She said “your neighbour’s house is on fire”.
‘She was on the phone to the fire brigade.
‘I heard the smoke alarm going off.
‘I came running out and saw smoke. Then the windows broke.
‘Lots of people had pulled up in their cars.
‘There was nothing anybody could have done. It just happened so quickly from the smoke alarm to the house being engulfed.’
She said the woman had lived at the property for about a year.
Her two dogs were in the garden at the time of the fire and the RSPCA had to be called.
The neighbour said: ‘My friend was here with me at the time and we were bawling our eyes out.
‘My thoughts are with her family and her kids.’
n A report in yesterday’s edition of The News stated the victim of the fire was believed to be in her 70s.
This was based on information supplied to us by neighbours.
The News apologises for this error and any upset or distress it may have caused.