Woman dies after fire at Ayr sheltered housing complex

An elderly woman has died following a fire at a sheltered housing complex in Ayr, South Ayrshire.

Emergency services were called to the Hanover (Scotland) Housing Association development, on the town's Gemmell Court, at about 07:30 on Tuesday.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus rescued the woman, who suffered burns and smoke inhalation.

She was taken to Ayr Hospital, where she later died. An investigation into the cause of the fire is under way.

In a statement, Hanover Housing Association said: "Following a fire earlier today in one of our properties at Gemmell Court in Ayr, very sadly the resident was injured and has subsequently died.

Oxygen therapy

"Our thoughts and sympathies are with her family at this time.

"A full investigation is under way but at this time we have no further information as to the circumstances of the fire."

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said crews arrived on the scene to find "a well-developed" blaze in a single-storey property.

They provided oxygen therapy and emergency treatment to the woman before she was taken to hospital.

The housing complex is a mixture of 12 one and two bedroom cottages, which are fitted with a community alarm service.

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