Woman, 77, dies in Sunderland house fire tragedy

Torver Crescent in Seaburn, Sunderland. Copyright Google Maps.
Torver Crescent in Seaburn, Sunderland. Copyright Google Maps.

An elderly woman has died following a house fire in Sunderland.

Emergency services were called to Torver Crescent in Seaburn just after midday yesterday following reports of a blaze at a property.

A 77-year-old woman, who lived alone in a house in the street, suffered serious injuries in the incident.

She was airlifted to the RVI in Newcastle by the Great North Air Ambulance but later died, police have confirmed.

A spokeswoman for Northumbria Police said: "At 12.10pm on Monday, May 15, police received a report of a house fire on Torver Crescent, Sunderland.

"Officers attended the scene alongside Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service who extinguished the fire.

"A 77-year-old woman, the sole occupant of the house, was taken to the RVI and sadly later died from her injuries."

A spokesman for the Great North Air Ambulance said: "We were called at just after midday on Monday to the Seaburn area following reports of a woman injured in a house fire.

"She was airlifted to the RVI in Newcastle and was critical on arrival."