Neighbours tried to save house fire woman

car and house
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.

head and shoulders shot
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."


Woman dies in house fire

An elderly woman has died after a house fire in Gretna late last night. Fire officers were called to Union Road at about half past ten. The woman was taken to Carlisle's Cumberland Infirmary where she died.