Wales

St Asaph fire death woman, 39, is named by police

The scene of the fatal blaze in St Asaph
Image caption The fire service received 'numerous calls' about the blaze

A 39-year-old woman who died in an early morning house fire at St Asaph, Denbighshire, has been named by police.

The body of Julie Mifflin, who lived alone, was discovered on the ground floor of the three-bedroom property after the fire at about 0230 BST.

Police said a post-mortem examination had been carried out and her death was not suspicious.

Emergency services are trying to establish the cause of the fire, and said the coroner would be informed.

Firefighters from Rhyl, St Asaph and Abergele used four sets of breathing apparatus to tackle the blaze on both floors.

Fire safety advice was being offered to all residents in the area.

North Wales Fire and Rescue Service said it was in the area all day to offer home safety checks and offer advice.

Glyn Jones, county safety manager for Denbighshire, said crews from St Asaph and Abergele were sent to the semi-detached property in Llwyn Elwy.

'Extensive damage'

He said the crews came across a "well developed" blaze and called for back up and two further crews were sent.

He said: "We received numerous calls [about] the fire. The property was on fire on the ground and the first floor.

"Once they were able to extinguish the fire to an extent, they went into the property to further extinguish [the fire] and to search the property for any persons who may have been unaccounted for.

"A joint investigation is taking place now with the police as to the cause of the fire."

Mr Jones said this would take some time due to the extensive damage.

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