Two die in fires

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TWO Pensioners have been killed in St Annes in separate house fires.

Lucy Miller, 90, was killed in a blaze at her bungalow on Mayfield Road on Friday lunchtime.

Her neighbour, Brenda Dixon, tried valiantly to fight the flames with a fire extinguisher but Miss Miller, who lived alone, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Fire engines raced to the scene after receiving a 999 call just after mid-day.

Fire crews entered the house wearing breathing apparatus, but were unable to save Miss Miller.

Miss Miller had never married and had no children, but was believed to have a twin sister living in Canada.

Firefighters remained at the scene, close to the junction of St Patrick’s Road North, as investigations began into the fire.

The fire service confirmed that they were not treating the blaze as suspicious.

The following day, on Saturday, a pensioner died at her home while making tea.

Fire crews were called to a property on Orchard Road at around 5.30pm on by ambulance crews who were trying to resuscitate a woman in her 80s.

The woman had been heating oil in an oven pan before collapsing or falling.

While her female flatmate had rung the ambulance the pan began to burn.

Although the smoke alarm was sounding, there was no fire for the crew to put out.

The woman has not yet been named.