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Elderly woman dies in Queen's Park flat blaze

PUBLISHED: 17:41 13 February 2013 | UPDATED: 13:04 01 March 2013

The scene of the fire in Saltram Crescent in Queen's Park

The scene of the fire in Saltram Crescent in Queen's Park

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An elderly woman died when fire engulfed her flat in Queen's Park early on Sunday morning.

The blaze broke out in a top-floor flat in a converted terraced house on Saltram Crescent at 6.30am.

Four fire engines and 21 firefighters from Paddington and North Kensington stations were alerted.

It took crews about 40 minutes to control the fire but Jean Hill, believed to be in her 70s, died at the scene.

The cause of the fire is still being investigated. An inquest into the woman’s death was opened at Westminster Coroner’s Court today (Wednesday).

In an unrelated incident, fire broke out in a block of offices, shops and flats in Sheldon Square, Paddington, at 11.35am on February 6.

About 20 people fled the blaze which damaged part of the building’s ventilation system. It took firefighters until 1.20pm to bring it under control.

The cause of the fire was not known as the Wood&Vale went to press.

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