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Cheshunt care home fire: Women aged 91 and 88 named

Firefighters tackling blaze at care home on Cadmore Lane, Cheshunt. Image copyright Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue
Image caption Fire crews were called to Newgrange Care Home in Cadmore Lane, Cheshunt early on Saturday

Two women who died when a blaze ripped through a care home have been named.

Ivy Spriggs, aged 91, and 88-year-old Daphne Holloway died in the fire at Newgrange Care Home in Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, on Saturday morning.

Mrs Spriggs met her husband during the Blitz when she was a London bus conductor and was an "unforgettable character", her family said.

Mrs Holloway was devoted to her only daughter and a "devout Christian", her family said.

Thirty-three residents were rescued. Three of those needed hospital treatment for burns and the effects of smoke inhalation.

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Image caption Ivy Spriggs, 91, died in the fire which ripped through the home in the early hours

The cause of the blaze, which broke out in the Cadmore Lane home at about 06:00 BST, is still being investigated.

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Image caption The fire service and police are investigating the fire

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