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Woman, 91, rescued from house fire in Oswestry

Firefighters rescued a 91-year-old woman from a house fire this morning.

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It happened at Cherry Tree Drive in Oswestry. The woman was taken to hospital after being treated by paramedics for smoke inhalation.

An Oswestry Fire Station spokesman said: "At 7am, SFRS Fire Control received a call reporting a house fire in Oswestry where an elderly lady was trapped inside the house and unable to leave of her own accord.

"Upon arrival, Oswestry crews were confronted with a kitchen fire and a smoke-logged kitchen. A 91-year-old female was found inside, unable to leave. Oswestry firefighters had to force entry via the back door, successfully rescuing the lady and bringing her to safety. She was assessed by FREC trained staff and then again by paramedics upon their arrival.

"In addition to extinguishing the fire, our team installed new smoke alarms in the house to ensure future safety.

"Please ensure your smoke alarms are in working order and tested regularly!"

Two fire engines were sent to the scene from Ellesmere and Oswestry with an operations officer also in attendance.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: "We were called to reports of a property fire on Cherry Tree Drive at 7.15am, one ambulance attended the scene. On arrival we discovered one patient, a woman, who was treated for the effects of smoke inhalation before being taken to Royal Stoke University Hospital.

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