LATEST: Chesterfield house fire kills mum of three

By Lucy Key @ falsefreedxmand Georgina Darling @georgiewbu

A mother of three has died after a blaze in her home in the early hours of this morning.

More than 40 fire fighters tackled the house fire at 2.05am on Catherine Street.

Deaton Josephs, 53, a neighbour, was the one who raised the alarm.

He said: “I woke up around 2am and heard noises outside and I thought someone was breaking into my van. It was parked directly outside the house, so I looked out my bedroom window and couldn’t see anything.

“Shortly after I heard it again, so I came outside and then saw the flames from the end house. I ran back inside to get my phone and rung for a fire engine. I couldn’t remember whether you’re supposed to stay away from house fires or not but I tried to break the door down. About a quarter of an hour later three engines arrived, and I guessed the woman was still inside the house too as the paramedics and an ambulance turned up after.

“She has three kids but they weren’t home. I woke up the next door neighbours and got them to come outside – as it’s a terraced road it can spread through so quickly. I also got some of the other neighbours to move the cars up the road a bit as the fire engines couldn’t get through properly. They put it out after about 20 minutes to half an hour but there was still smoke coming out for much longer.”

Gavin Crane, 42, another neighbour, added: “It woke me up from down the road, so I went outside at 2am to have a cigarette and saw flames coming out of the windows. Shortly after I saw blue flashing lights.”

Police officers and forensic staff have attended the scene throughout the day, with fire dogs also in operation.

The body is still believed to be inside the property.

The end of terrace house has been cordoned off, and at the time of writing the road is access only.

The cause of the fire is currently unknown, and forensics are continuing to establish what happened early this morning.

Derbyshire police were unable to comment at the present time.

Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service said: “At 02.05 hours today, Thursday 3 March 2016, Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service received a 999 call to attend a house fire on Catherine Street, Chesterfield. Firefighters from Chesterfield, Staveley and Clay Cross attended the incident.

“On entering the property, Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus discovered the body of one female.  Our thoughts and sympathy are extended to the family and friends of the deceased at this sad and distressing time.

A joint fire investigation with Derbyshire Constabulary is currently underway.”

Anyone with more information should call the police on 101 quoting incident number 33 of today.

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