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One confirmed dead as two homes destroyed by fire

One person was killed as fire ripped through two homes in Hertfordshire. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Firefighters in Hertfordshire have confirmed a person was found dead inside a house destroyed by fire at the weekend.

A family of four from a neighbouring property escaped the blaze at Offley near Hitchin in Hertfordshire.

Firefighters are investigating the cause of the fire at Offley, Hertfordshire. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Fire crews were still damping down more than 36 hours after the fire started on Sunday morning.

The cause is not yet known.

Firefighters believe one person killed in Hertfordshire fire

Firefighters believe one person has been killed in a blaze in Hertfordshire.

The fire service believes one person died in the fire in Hertfordshire. Credit: Paul Wood.

Crews were called to Hole's Farm Cottages at Offley, near Hitchin, at about 6.15am on Sunday.

The fire service said it was "investigating the possibility of a fatality" in the house where the blaze started.

It spread to an adjoining property where a family of four lived. They were all uninjured.

A spokesman for Hertfordshire Fire Service urged people to check their smoke alarms and make sure they had an escape plan for their home.


Family of four left homeless after blaze

A family of four have been left homeless today after a fire ripped through two houses in Hertfordshire.

The damaged homes at Offley, near Hitchin. Credit: Paul Wood

Crews will remain on the scene of the blaze at Hole's Farm, Offley, near Hitchin, for much of the day.

It began in one of the cottages just before 6.15am and quickly spread to the adjoining property.

The roofs of both homes have been destroyed.

The family were checked over by an ambulance crew at the scene but did not require treatment.

Emergency services at the scene at Offley, near Hitchin. Credit: Paul Wood.

Appeal for witnesses after fatal crash near Hitchin

Police are appealing for witnesses following a fatal crash near Hitchin in the early hours of this morning.

The collision occurred at around 3am on Preston Road, Gosmore. Just one car was involved, a blue Peugeot 106, which overturned.

Emergency Services attended but an occupant was pronounced dead at the scene.

Anyone with information should call PC Shona Gillen or Sergeant Richard Barker via the Herts Police non-emergency number 101.

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Police to hand out 'safety packs' to drinkers in Hitchin

Drinkers found a little worse for wear after celebrating in Hitchin’s pubs and clubs over Easter will be handed so-called safety packs.

North Herts Community Safety Partnership has secured funding to provide the packs which will be distributed to people during the evenings over the bank holiday weekend.

Contents of the 'safety pack' Credit: Hertfordshire Police

The safety packs contain a bottle of water, a stopper to put into bottles to prevent drinks from being spiked, condoms, a foil blanket to keep warm and even a pair of flip flops for anyone who has worn high heels and plans to walk home barefoot.

“We want people to go out and have a good time in Hitchin over the Easter weekend - however, we also want people to get home safely and to take responsibility for themselves and their friends."

– North Herts Community Safety Sergeant Richard Wilmot

Man killed in car crash near Hitchin

A man has died following a car crash in Weston near Hitchin this morning.

Location of fatal crash Credit: ITV News Anglia

A blue peugeot hit the wall of a property on Hitchin Road at about 3:15am, no other vehicles were involved.

A man in his 30s from Hertfordshire passed away at the scene.

This is a tragic incident where a man has sadly lost his life and our thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time.

I am appealing for anyone who was in the area and saw the car during the night and leading up to when the collision took place to come forward.

Any information provided could help us to piece together the circumstance of this collision.

– Investigating officer Sergeant Stephanie Crichton from the Road Policing Unit

Anyone with information is asked to contact police via the non-emergency number 101.

Road closures are currently in place on Hitchin Road in Weston at the junction with Lannock Hill while investigations continue.

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