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Woman dies in house fire in Orpington

A woman has died after a fire at a house in south-east London.

Fire crews found the body of the woman at the semi-detached property in Fairway, Pettswood in Orpington.

Twenty firefighters went to the scene just after midday and the blaze was under control in about 40 minutes.

London Fire Brigade said a man had left the two-storey house just before crews arrived. He was suffering from smoke inhalation and was taken to hospital.

The ground floor of the house was partly damaged. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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