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Woman dies in Rotherham house fire

Fire at the house in Thurcroft
Image caption The fire broke out at the house on Wednesday evening

A 37-year-old woman has died in a house fire in Rotherham.

The fire started at the property in Rotherwood Crescent, Thurcroft, at about 21:45 GMT on Wednesday, South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue said.

Family members at the scene of the blaze said Margaret Appleby was found dead in the house by firefighters.

Her mother Jean Maskrey, 57, managed to escape before fire crews arrived and was taken to hospital with serious injuries.

An investigation is under way into the cause, with police not treating the incident as suspicious.

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