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Tight-knit community left shattered after devastating house blaze that killed woman and left girl, 15, in critical condition

Tight-knit community left shattered after devastating house blaze that killed woman and left girl, 15, in critical condition

A tight-knit community was left shattered after a devastating house blaze killed a 42-year-old woman and left a teenage girl, 15, fighting for her life in hospital.

Emergency services raced to the scene of the fire on Saint Thomas Street North at around 4.10pm on Saturday (June 24) and immediately evacuated residents as the fire quickly took hold of the terraced house.

Crews remained at the scene overnight as the fire took hours to get under control. The road remained closed off throughout Sunday (June 25) for investigations to be carried out with residents warned it may be well over a week until they can return home.

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It was confirmed on Saturday night that a woman, aged 42, had been pronounced dead at the scene. A 15-year-old girl was rushed to hospital and is currently fighting for her life.

Devastating pictures from the scene show the extent of the damage caused by the fatal fire, with a number of attics exposed and houses in the vicinity left blackened. On Saturday, thick black smoke filled the streets as ‘panicked’ residents rushed to help.

The fatal blaze rocked the local Werneth community, which is predominantly Muslim, with crowds coming together, turning out to the local mosques to mourn their loss and pay their respects.

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  • June 25, 2023