Fire investigators at a house in Wirral where a woman died say the batteries had been removed from a smoke alarm.
A joint police and fire investigation is underway into the cause of the blaze at a house in Village Road, Higher Bebington.
We have found that there was a smoke alarm in the rear room on the ground floor of the property and the battery had been removed but we do not know when this took place. Our investigation is continuing.
Fire crews were called to the address shortly before 6pm on Sunday and during a search of the property the body of a woman was found.
More top news
The blocked pattern is starting to change as the high which has been dominating for so long pulls away, opening the door for other systems
Turning cloudier from the east on Sunday night, some mistiness over the tops with a spit over the Pennines. Mostly dry and cloudy on Monday
Cloud breaks to sunny spells today, a steady breeze blowing, but feeling fine in the sun & sheltered from the wind