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Police name victim of fatal fire

Police Scotland has named the woman who died at the scene of a fire in St Johns Close in Sorbie on the Monday as 89 year old Mona Stephenson.

The fire was discovered at around 7.30pm and emergency services were called by neighbours.

The woman was taken out of the house by neighbours, but was later pronounced dead at the scene.

Police Scotland and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service are currently investigating what happened.

“We are currently carrying our enquiries to establish the full circumstances surrounding this tragic event.

" We are keen to hear from anyone who may have had recent contact with the victim Mona Stephenson in the past few days, or indeed were in the area of St Johns Place in the early evening of Monday 26 January 2015, to get in touch with us through 101 if they can help.”

– DCI Allan Burton, Major Investigation Team

Fatal fire in Dumfries and Galloway

The fire was extinguished by the Fire and Rescue Service Credit: PA

An 89-year-old woman has died, after a fire at a house in Dumfries and Galloway.

The fire was discovered at around 7:30pm on Monday, 26 January, at the House on St John's Place, in Sorbie, Newton Stewart.

The fire happened in Sorbie. Credit: ITV Border
The fire happened in Sorbie. Credit: ITV Border

Neighbours removed the woman from the house, but she died at the scene.

The fire and rescue service and Police Scotland are currently investigating the cause of the fire.


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."