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Monday, 19 November 2007, 07:59 GMT
Fatal fire in ground floor flat

A woman has died in a fire in her flat in Essex.

Fire crews were called to the ground floor flat in Southbourne Grove, Westcliff, on Sunday afternoon to tackle the blaze in a bedroom.

A woman, believed to be about 60, was found in bed. A fire service spokesman said there was nothing that could have been done to save her.

A joint police and fire and rescue service investigation has begun into the cause of the incident.