Leighton Buzzard woman dies in hospital after home destroyed by fire

A Leighton Buzzard woman has died in hospital suffering 80% burns after her home was completely destroyed by a fire.

Tuesday, 2nd March 2021, 1:35 pm
Updated Tuesday, 2nd March 2021, 1:36 pm

Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service sent fire fighters from two stations to tackle the blaze at Clarence Road on the evening of Wednesday, February 24.

The woman was rescued from the flat and taken to Stoke Mandeville Hospital, but sadly she later died of her injuries.

The flat was found to be 100% damaged by fire.

Beds Fire and Rescue Service

Beds Police are not treating the woman's death as suspicious, but the fire service has warned the public about the importance of smoke alarms and to ensure that these are are tested regularly.

A spokesman from Beds Fire and Rescue Service said: "[We] received a call at 7:20pm on Wednesday, February 24, to a serious flat fire on Clarence Road, Leighton Buzzard.

"Two fire engines from Leighton Buzzard Fire Station arrived on the scene at 7.25pm and received further support from a fire engine from Dunstable Fire Station.

"Further support was provided by Bedfordshire Police and the East of England Ambulance Service.

"An investigation is currently being conducted to establish the cause of the fire.

"The flat was 100 percent damaged by fire, the resident was taken to hospital with 80 percent burns, but unfortunately later died in hospital due to these injuries.

"It is important that all households have working smoke alarms that are tested weekly. Members of the public can request a Safe and Well visit by visiting the Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service website www.bedsfire.gov.uk."