A FIRE that claimed the life of a Wistaston woman was caused by an electrical fault in a refrigerator, Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service has announced.

Two fire engines from Crewe and one from Nantwich attended the blaze in Prior Close, Wistaston, at 7.04pm on Saturday, March 1.

Three fire crews, including four firefighters wearing breathing apparatus, used two hose reel jets and one covering jet to tackle the flames.

A spokesman for Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service said: “This was a fire on the ground floor of a bungalow which had spread to the roof.

“A large fan was also used to clear smoke, as the fire was being extinuished. “Unfortunately this fire was confirmed as a fatal incident, with one female fatality located within the property.

“Firefighters isolated the gas and electric. The roof of the neighbouring property was checked with a thermal imaging camera to see if the fire had spread, but the fire had not spread to this property. Police and ambulance attended the incident.

On Monday, March 3, A CFRS spokesman confirmed: “The initial fire investigation has been carried out.

“It is believed that this blaze was started by an electrical fault in the fridge.”