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Woman, 88, dies and man, 63, hurt in Cumbernauld house fire

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Image caption Four fire engines were sent to the scene in Cumbernauld's Craigelvan Gardens

An 88-year-old woman has died and a 63-year-old man has been injured in a fire at a house in North Lanarkshire.

The blaze at the single-storey house in Cumbernauld's Craigelvan Gardens was reported in a 999 call at 11:20.

Fire crews arrived and were met with "a well-developed fire" and the house suffered "a partial collapse".

Police said the 63-year-old man was treated at the scene by paramedics. An investigation into the cause of the fire is under way.

A spokesman for Police Scotland said: "Police can confirm that an 88-year-old woman has died in a fire at Craigelvan Gardens in Cumbernauld and a 63-year-old man was also treated at the scene by paramedics.

"An investigation is under way to establish the exact cause of the fire."

A spokesman for the fire service said: "Teams in breathing apparatus entered the property to search for anyone inside and sadly they located a woman who had died.

"Firefighting operations were conducted both inside and outside the house and the fire was brought under control, however due to a partial structural collapse it is likely to be some time before crews can confirm it has been fully extinguished."

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