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Cash boost for Carlisle's elderly in need

Benefits worth almost £58,000 have been secured to help older people in Carlisle who faced falling into debt and losing their homes.

Norma McCrone is one of Riverside Housing Association's tenants who has been helped over the past year by a scheme where volunteers visit people who potentially qualify for help.

Norma, who has trouble walking and cannot get out often, received an attendance allowance on top of her pension to help pay for support with things like cooking and cleaning.

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Dead woman named following fatal house fire

Fatal house fire in Gretna Credit: ITV Border

Police have named an elderly woman who died following a house fire in Gretna last night.

86 year old Martha Carruthers was rescued from the property on Union Road just after 10 o'clock.

The widow was taken to Carlisle's Cumberland Infirmary where she was pronounced dead.

Investigations are continuing .

Neighbours tried to save house fire woman

Police have launched an investigation following a fatal house fire Credit: ITV Border

A neighbour of an elderly woman who's died following a house fire in Gretna has told how she tried to save her.

The woman died following the fire at a house in Union Road in Gretna.

Her friend and neighbour Denise Smith reported the fire.

Neighbour Denise Smith tried to save the elderly woman Credit: ITV Border

She said: "It was my dog that first noticed the fire and started barking. I looked outside and couldn't believe the flames.

"I ran to neighbours houses trying to get help but I couldn't find anyone in. It seemed to take an eternity for the fire engines to arrive.

"I tried to get in and save her but I couldn't get past the heat. She was a lovely lady, we always had achat over the garden fence.

"She will be a terrible miss. I wish I could have saved her."

Fatal house fire investigation

Fatal house fire Credit: ITV Border

Police and fire officers are still investigating the cause of a fatal fire in Gretna which has claimed the life of an elderly woman.

Fire crews were called to the house in Union Road last night.

Det Cons Euan Cowan, Dumfries and Galloway Police Credit: ITV Border

Detective Constable Euan Cowan from Dumfries and Galloway Police said: "Fire and Rescue received a call at around 10.15 last night.

"They found an elderly woman in the premises and managed to resuscitate her at the scene. She was taken to the Cumberland infirmary in Carlisle where she later died.

"An investigation by police and fire officers is now taking place."

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