WOMAN DIES AFTER RESCUE BID FAILS; Firefighters Find Householder Dead in Her Blazing Home

Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England), August 17, 2007 | Go to article overview

WOMAN DIES AFTER RESCUE BID FAILS; Firefighters Find Householder Dead in Her Blazing Home


Byline: By LINDA RICHARDS

A WOMAN died in a house fire on Tyneside, despite efforts of neighbours to save her.

Residents in Millfield Gardens, Felling, battled to break into the terraced house last night when they saw smoke pouring from the windows - but were beaten back by the property's security.

As they waited for the fire service, they frantically banged on the front and back doors to try to rouse the 55-year-old woman who lived alone.

Firefighters smashed their way into the property and found her in an upstairs bedroom.

She was confirmed dead at the scene before her body was taken to Gateshead's Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Fire investigators are trying to establish the cause of the blaze which was discovered at 9.15pm.

The victim, named locally as Pat Gibson, had lived in the quiet pedestrianised street off Split Crow Road for seven years.

Next-door neighbour Sheila Collins, 38, said the whole street was in a state of shock.

She added: "I heard a noise and my daughter's boyfriend went to take a look and saw smoke coming from Pat's house.

"I banged on the door but got no response. We rang the fire brigade and knocked on Evelyn's door on the other side to make sure she got out. …

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