Dudley fire: Woman dies and teenager seriously injured

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image captionFirefighter Neil Griffiths said crews faced extreme heat inside the property

A woman has died and a teenager has been seriously injured in a house fire in the West Midlands.

Firefighters said they were called to the fire in Beacon Road, Sedgley, Dudley, at 14:37 BST on Saturday and rescued three people.

"Despite the best efforts of emergency services a 43-year-old woman was declared dead at the scene," West Midlands Police said.

A 16-year-old girl remains in hospital with serious injuries, the force added.

A man, aged 49, was taken to hospital but has since been discharged.

Neil Griffiths, a senior firefighter with West Midlands Fire Service, said: "As we arrived of course it was chaos. There were already members of the local community trying to rescue the people in the house."

The "extreme heat and smoke conditions" were a significant issue for crews, he added.

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image captionFour crews attended the scene of the blaze

The cause of the fire is being investigated.

Det Insp Carla Thompson from West Midlands Police said: "We are working closely with the fire service to determine what happened. I would urge anyone with information to get in touch.

"Our thoughts are with the family of the woman at this difficult time who are being supported by specialist officers."

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