22 May 2024

Woman dies after three houses badly damaged in fire

By Rebecca Hannant

A woman has been pronounced dead after a fire spread across three properties in Withernsea.

On March 11, at approximately 1:37am, emergency services were called to reports of a house fire along Bannister Street, near the East Yorkshire bus depot. Three properties were caught in the blaze which caused severe damage to the upper floors and roofs of the properties.

Throughout the day, Humberside Fire and Rescue, Humberside Police and crime scene investigators were at the scene with passers-by advised to avoid the area.

In a statement released by Humberside Fire and Rescue, they confirmed that a woman had been fatally injured with another adult man being treated at hospital.

The statement said: “Fire in domestic dwelling which spread to adjacent properties. Firefighters utilised two short extension ladders, three main jets, three hose reels, multiple thermal imaging cameras, 12 breathing apparatus and multiple small tools.

“Firefighters rescued one 70-year-old male from building. Adult male treated for shock by firefighters and taken to hospital by ambulance. One adult female fatally injured. Property 100% fire damaged and roof collapsed. Water and debris damage to remainder of addresses. It is unknown if smoke alarms were fitted in addresses.”

A statement by Humberside Police at the time of the incident said: “Emergency services worked to extinguish the fire and get the occupants out of the building. Sadly, despite their efforts, a woman was pronounced deceased within the address.

“There will be a scene guard in place today as emergency services continue to work together to establish the cause of the fire. If anyone is able to help with our investigations, please call us on 101 quoting log 31 of March 11, 2023.”