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Woman feared dead after New Year's Eve fire

An woman is feared to have died in a fire that destroyed a bungalow in Looe, Cornwall.

Upon arrival, fire crews said they found the house, in Barbican Hill to be "completely alight" just before 8pm on New Year's Eve. By 11.45pm crews say the bungalow was fully gutted.

Firefighters struggled to initially enter the building because of the intense heat and collapsed roof.

Emergency services are still trying to find the occupant of the bungalow, who is understood to be in her 60s and lived there alone with two dogs.

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We are still making inquiries to establish the whereabouts of the occupant.

She may be inside but she may not. We are liaising with fire investigators at the scene to examine the scene in more detail.

There are still inquiries ongoing which suggest she may not have been in the house but we're not sure. Our information says it's an elderly lady that lives there but we haven't had that confirmed.

– Devon and Cornwall Police Spokesperson

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I know the woman who lives there. She is in her late 60s and retired and lives alone.

She has a couple of dogs. Both of her vehicles are still outside. There is a chance that she was not in and had gone off to see somebody. She has a brother in Polruan.

I have been down today to speak to the firemen and thank them for all that they have done. There were four crews down there last night and most of them will be retained firemen people who give up their time to help others.

– Armand Toms, Mayor of Looe