Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Woman dies in Basingstoke house fire

Scene of fire
Image caption A joint investigation by the fire service and the police is under way to discover the cause of the blaze

A woman has died in an "intense" house fire in Hampshire in the early hours.

Two people managed to escape the blaze in the end-of-terrace property in Buckfast Close, Basingstoke. Hampshire Fire and Rescue said the woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

Crews received the first of seven calls about the fire in the ground floor of the house shortly before 05:00 GMT.

A spokesman said: "Crews battled an intense fire... and did well to contain the fire to the property of origin."

An investigation into the cause is under way.

Fire service group manager Jerry Leonard said: "Two other occupants of the building managed to escape and were making valiant attempts to try and re-enter the building, but the fire was of such a magnitude that it was just not possible."

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