South East Wales

Woman dies in Cwmbran flat fire and man is in hospital

Fire at flat in St Dials area of Cwmbran Image copyright other
Image caption Crews were called to the blaze in St Dials, Cwmbran, at about 06:40 BST on Tuesday

A woman has died and a man is being treated in hospital following a serious flat fire in Cwmbran, Torfaen.

Crews were called to a block of four flats in the St Dials area of the town at about 06:40 BST on Tuesday.

Gwent Police said a woman was pronounced dead at the scene of the fire, and a man was taken to Newport's Royal Gwent Hospital with smoke inhalation.

The remaining flats have been evacuated as a joint fire investigation begins.

Image caption Firefighters and police are investigating the cause of the blaze

The ambulance service said it sent an emergency ambulance, rapid response vehicles and a hazardous area response team to the fire when the alarm was raised.

Shakespeare Road was closed for a time and has now re-opened, but police say people should expect disruption in the area.

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Media captionNikki Mahagan was woken by the sound of the fire and ran to see if he could help

Officers have also appealed for anyone who may have information about the incident to contact the force on 101.

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