St Helens house fire: Elderly woman dies in 'accidentally started' blaze

Birchfield Street Image copyright Google
Image caption The fire on Birchfield Street, Thatto Heath is believed to have started accidentally

An elderly woman was found dead after firefighters tackled a house fire in St Helens.

Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service were called to Birchfield Street, Thatto Heath at about 23.20 GMT on Thursday.

The body of the woman, who has not yet been identified, was discovered in the lounge.

A fire service spokesman said an investigation into the cause of the blaze has begun, although it is believed to have started accidentally.

A man also suffered smoke inhalation and was given a precautionary check by paramedics.

Firefighters remained at the scene until about 02:00 GMT.

Related Internet links

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites