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Rescue attempt in fatal OAP fire at Glyn Padarn in Aberystwyth

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Media captionCeredigion council leader Ellen ap Gwynn and Councillor Paul James, a member of the fire authority, believe emergency services did all they could

A neighbour tried to save an elderly woman whose body was found following a blaze at a sheltered housing complex.

The fire started in a ground floor flat at Glyn Padarn, Llanbadarn Fawr in Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, just before 20:30 BST on Tuesday.

The woman, who was also elderly and did not want to be named, said the dead woman was in her 70s and was in bed when the fire started.

An investigation is under way into the cause by police and the fire service.

Twenty seven residents, some who were confined to bed or disabled, were evacuated to safety. The majority of them have since returned to the sheltered accommodation.

Dyfed-Powys Police said the woman's family had been informed.

John Meirion Jones, 70, who is a resident at the sheltered accommodation, said: "The incident has had a big impact on people here and residents are upset.

"The lady lived here for about five years. I spoke to her a few weeks ago and she told me she was going blind."

Mr Meirion Jones said he heard the fire alarm on Tuesday night and saw smoke in the corridors as he was being evacuated.

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Media captionArwel James told Oliver Hides when crews arrived flames were coming out of the flat's window

A Dyfed-Powys Police spokesman added: "The residents and staff were initially evacuated to Aberystwyth police station and subsequently to the leisure centre in Aberystwyth while emergency overnight accommodation was arranged.

"In the early hours of 2nd October after a full safety check of the Glyn Padarn complex, all but two of the residents were allowed to return to their homes.

"Those unable to do so were relocated to another older persons housing complex for the night."

Arwel James, fire station manager in Aberystwyth, said: "When we arrived there was a well developed fire in a ground floor flat, with the fire coming out of one of the windows of the property."

The crews went in wearing breathing apparatus and put the fire out.

"Unfortunately we located a body of one of the residents within the flat," he said.

Mr James said the fire did not spread to other parts of the building, but due to its "ferocity" smoke had filled hallways in other parts of the complex and remaining residents had to be temporarily evacuated.

The last fire crew left the scene at 02:50 BST but officers are expected to return to the scene on Wednesday.

Image caption The elderly woman was found in a ground floor flat at the sheltered accommodation

Ceredigion councillor Paul James said: "It's a sheltered complex with a warden.

"I was called by the director of social services last night to say that unfortunately there had been a fatality."

Residents were taken to nearby Plascrug leisure centre.

"Tai Ceredigion, social services and the fire service did all they could," Mr James added.

Tai Ceredigion, the housing association which runs the sheltered accommodation, said the police and fire service were investigating the incident and staff were liaising closely with them.

"Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the deceased tenant, and we will ensure that there is a team of staff at Glyn Padarn today to support our affected tenants after such a difficult and tragic evening," said Tai Ceredigion's chief executive Steve Jones.

"Our thanks go to the members of the emergency services, county council staff, and volunteers of St John's ambulance for all their effort and support in re-locating the other tenants to an emergency rest centre along with Tai Ceredigion's emergency response team."

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