Elderly woman dies after Maidstone fire

An 81-year-old woman has died following a fire at a house in Maidstone, Kent Police have said.

Firefighters found her unconscious in a first-floor bedroom in Langdale Rise after the blaze broke out in an airing cupboard at around 17:55 BST on Monday.

She was carried outside and given first aid, but died shortly afterwards. Her family have been informed.

Investigators are trying to establish the cause of the fire and a post-mortem examination will be carried out later.

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