Burwell house fire victim 'bedridden' say neighbours
- 2 September 2013
- From the section Cambridgeshire
A woman who died in a "horrific" bungalow fire in Cambridgeshire was "bedridden and unable to walk", neighbours have said.
Six crews tackled the blaze on Hawthorn Way, Burwell, on Saturday morning. A body was found soon afterwards.
Vince McNeil, staying in the area, said he tried to get to the young woman, but was held back by an explosion thought to have been from her oxygen tanks.
Cambridgeshire Police said it was not treating the fire as suspicious.
It is not yet known how the fire started. No-one else was hurt in the blaze.
Mr McNeil said: "I was awoken to smoke everywhere and I went round to get my ex-partner out of bed and she said there was a woman and child in there.
"I ran round the back to try and get through the back doors that someone had already broken in. I was greeted by heavy smoke, flames everywhere.
"I tried to make it through into the back room, but then there was a large bang and some of the roof came down and I had to pull out. There was no way of getting in to her.
"It was devastating. It was such a horrific fire. It's taken us all aback for a lady of that age to be taken away.
"We believe she had MS or something. I just wish I could have done more."
Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service said it had now finished its inquiry and findings were being passed to the coroner.