AN investigation is underway following the death of a woman in a house fire in North Yorkshire.

The woman, who was in her late 60s, died at the scene following the blaze on Saturday, April 2.

Emergency services were called to the property in Brearton, near Knaresborough at 10.09pm by concerned neighbours. 

Despite the efforts of firefighters and paramedics to save her life, a woman died at the scene. Her family are being supported by the police.

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Firefighters had to put the blaze out and ventilate the smoke-filled property.

There were no other occupants, and no neighbouring properties were damaged.

A joint fire service and police investigation is underway.

As part of the investigation to determine the cause of the fire, North Yorkshire Police issued an appeal asking people to come forward with any information that could help the inquiry.

Anyone who can help is asked to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 1, and speak to the force control room. Please quote reference number 12220056029 when providing details.

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service sent crews from Knaresborough, Harrogate, Ripon and Boroughbridge to the scene.

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The house has suffered severe fire, heat and smoke damage to the living room, hallway and front of the property.

Ther was moderate smoke damage to the remainder of the property.

Crews used eight breathing apparatus, four hosereel jets, two main jets, thermal imaging cameras, 9m ladder, triple extension ladders, small tools and lighting.

The incident remains open whilst the cause is investigated.

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