Tyne & Wear

Woman, 77, dies in South Shields house fire

A 77-year-old woman has died in a house fire on South Tyneside.

Her body was recovered from the building after fire crews were called to the address at Eglesfield Road, South Shields, in the early hours.

Details of her identity have not been released. A neighbour had to be treated for the effects of smoke inhalation.

Police said early indications were that the fire was caused by smoking materials, but a full investigation was under way.

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