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First images from Copthorne fatal fire

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The fire at the house in Copthorne took hold overnight Credit: Eddie Howland

Firefighters remain at the scene of a blaze which destroyed the roof of a house in Copthorne near Crawley Down in Sussex. The body of an elderly woman was found at the property. Investigations continue.

House fire at Copthorne
More than 30 firefighters tackled the blaze at its height Credit: Eddie Howland

Fire claims life of elderly woman

An elderly woman has died in a fire at a property at Copthorne in West Sussex. Firefighters were called to Snow Hill along the A264 just after half past midnight. The road has been closed for much of the day.

More than thirty firefighters tackled the flames. The fire was out by 11.30am, but officers are still at the scene investigating the cause.

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Eight people evacuated

Eight people, including two children, were rescued by fire crews after a fire at a block of flats in Crawley. West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service was called to the flats on Broadfield Place just after 7.00am after a fire broke out in the communal stairwell of the three-storey block.

Two separate 999 calls were made by people trapped in their flats by the thick smoke filling the stairwell. Fire crews from Crawley were at the flats within minutes, followed by additional crews from Horley and Horsham.

The first firefighters on scene used triple extension ladders to rescue five people from the first floor windows, while a further three people were led to safety through the central stairwell. One man in his 20s was treated for mild smoke inhalation but did not go to hospital.

Rescued from a burning building

At least six people had to be rescued from a block of flats in Crawley after a fire in a stairwell trapped them inside the building.

Fire investigation officers from West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service are looking into the cause of the blaze.

Six fire crews went to the flats in Broadfield Place in Crawley after they received two calls from residents in the building just after 7am today, 27th November 2012.

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