Body found at scene of Somercotes house fire

THE victim of a house fire, believed to be a woman, was pronounced dead at the scene after being found in the burned-out bedroom of a terraced house in Somercotes yesterday.

Firefighters from Alfreton and Ripley were called out to tackle the blaze, which started on the first floor of the house on Queen Street, shortly before 4pm yesterday.

Queen Street and part of Birchwood Lane were closed off for several hours while the fire was put out.