Elderly woman who died after Rishton fire named

Fire scene Rishton
Image caption Sheila Sowerbutts was rescued from the house but later died.

An elderly woman who died after she was rescued from a fire at her house in Lancashire has been named.

Sheila Sowerbutts, 83, was rescued from the ground floor of the semi-detached house in Cliff Street, Rishton, at 03:59 GMT on December 26.

A 52-year-old man was rescued from the first floor of the house and a 53-year-old man escaped but was treated for smoke inhalation.

The cause of the fire is not believed to be suspicious.

An investigation into how it started is ongoing.

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