Woman dies in fire at West Howe

Woman dies in fire at West Howe

Woman dies in fire at West Howe

First published in News

A 60-year-old woman has been killed in a fire in Bournemouth.

Firefighters revealed yesterday that she was found dead in her ground floor flat in Hall Road, West Howe, on Tuesday afternoon.

Speaking to the Daily Echo yesterday, neighbours said they knew little about the woman, who was believed to be called Gloria.

Fire crews from Redhill Park and Poole were called to the road at 2.15pm on Tuesday after a neighbour raised the alarm.

When they entered the property they found the woman dead.

A fire investigation has revealed that smoking materials found near her body were thought to be the cause.

Neighbours said the woman kept herself to herself and was being looked after by carers,who visited twice a day.

One resident, Wendy Lees said: “It’s a shame. It’s ever so sad, especially in a situation like that where no-one is there to stop it.”

Geoff Haywood another Hall Road resident, added: “She’s had carers for as long as I can remember.

“She had probably been there four or five years.

“I don’t think she had family, just the carers coming in morning and afternoon. It’s a sad situation.”

John Harvey, who lives opposite the flat, said: “I saw the fire engines and police turn up.

“There was a lot of smoke coming out.

“She had a lot of carers and the pharmacy was delivering at the time.

“I’ve never seen her – it’s very sad, I didn’t realise anyone was hurt.”

Two bunches of flowers were left on the front step yesterday.

One message read: “Goodnight, God bless, will miss you. With love, Sandra, your carer.”

Another said: “Loving memories of Gloria, she was always smiling. Love Sharon, Martin, Megan.”

Bournemouth council confirmed yesterday that the woman was a council tenant.

Fire investigation officer, Steve Underhill, said: “Although we’re awaiting confirmation of the cause of death from the coroner, it’s clear the victim had not properly disposed of smoking materials, leading to a fire near to her.

“She did have hard-wired smoke alarms which were sounding and alerted a neighbour, but it may well be that she was unable to escape due to mobility or other issues which are not yet clear.”

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3:13pm Thu 22 Nov 12

stevobath says...

Very sad.Just shows that even with smoke alarms fitted you can never be sure with fires.Poor lady.

I hope we do'nt get the 'Anti- Smoking Fascists' making nasty comments?
Very sad.Just shows that even with smoke alarms fitted you can never be sure with fires.Poor lady. I hope we do'nt get the 'Anti- Smoking Fascists' making nasty comments? stevobath
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3:39pm Thu 22 Nov 12

spooki says...

stevobath wrote:
Very sad.Just shows that even with smoke alarms fitted you can never be sure with fires.Poor lady.

I hope we do'nt get the 'Anti- Smoking Fascists' making nasty comments?
Wouldnt dream of it! If people want to buy dried leaves wrapped in paper and set light to it, it's their choice!
Very sad story. So easy to happen though.
[quote][p][bold]stevobath[/bold] wrote: Very sad.Just shows that even with smoke alarms fitted you can never be sure with fires.Poor lady. I hope we do'nt get the 'Anti- Smoking Fascists' making nasty comments?[/p][/quote]Wouldnt dream of it! If people want to buy dried leaves wrapped in paper and set light to it, it's their choice! Very sad story. So easy to happen though. spooki
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3:51pm Thu 22 Nov 12

JamesGHB says...

A sad story.

Is it just me, or has there been rather a lot of fires in the last few weeks?
A sad story. Is it just me, or has there been rather a lot of fires in the last few weeks? JamesGHB
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7:50pm Thu 22 Nov 12

Mellymay says...

She suffered from extremely bad Dystonia and had not drank for years. She was a close relative of mine and i believe this should of been included this in the story. This is a awful accident and she is extremely missed.
She suffered from extremely bad Dystonia and had not drank for years. She was a close relative of mine and i believe this should of been included this in the story. This is a awful accident and she is extremely missed. Mellymay
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9:09pm Thu 22 Nov 12

your having a laugh111 says...

That shut them up, some people like to spread horrid rumours, sorry about your loss
That shut them up, some people like to spread horrid rumours, sorry about your loss your having a laugh111
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9:10pm Thu 22 Nov 12

your having a laugh111 says...

That shut them up sorry to hear about your loss. Seams like an awful accident.
That shut them up sorry to hear about your loss. Seams like an awful accident. your having a laugh111
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11:55pm Thu 22 Nov 12

ABCD1 says...

Mellymay I am extremely sorry to hear about your relative, a similar thing happened to my grandmother and like wise the paper only published half the story.

A post mortem in her case confirmed a heart attack which we made the paper publish at a late date.

Best wishes
Mellymay I am extremely sorry to hear about your relative, a similar thing happened to my grandmother and like wise the paper only published half the story. A post mortem in her case confirmed a heart attack which we made the paper publish at a late date. Best wishes ABCD1
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9:19am Fri 23 Nov 12

Mellymay says...

Many thanks to both of you. ABCD1 I am very sorry to hear about your grandmother, i'm glad they sorted it out in end for you. Thoughts are with your family. I'm glad they have corrected it and added that she was disabled although not so happy about the comment saying she had no family.. cant win them all.
Many thanks to both of you. ABCD1 I am very sorry to hear about your grandmother, i'm glad they sorted it out in end for you. Thoughts are with your family. I'm glad they have corrected it and added that she was disabled although not so happy about the comment saying she had no family.. cant win them all. Mellymay
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12:44pm Fri 23 Nov 12

Capricorn 1 says...

Best wishes to you Mellymay.
Best wishes to you Mellymay. Capricorn 1
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1:07pm Fri 23 Nov 12

Hector2004 says...

Condolences Mellymay
Condolences Mellymay Hector2004
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