Fatal house fire - Holmer Green

Mon 24 Apr, 2017

A man and a woman have died in a house fire in Holmer Green this morning.

Crews from High Wycombe and Beaconsfield were called to an end-of-terrace property in Skimmers Close at 4am.

Deputy Chief Fire Officer Mick Osborne said: "Upon arrival, firefighters were faced with a serious fire on the first floor, and it was made clear that there may be people trapped inside.

"An elderly man and woman were quickly rescued by crews wearing breathing apparatus in extremely challenging conditions, but very sadly both were pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.

"Our thoughts are with the family, friends and the community.

"The cause of the fire is not yet known but at this early stage we believe there are no suspicious circumstances. A joint investigation with Thames Valley Police is underway to establish exactly what happened."

Crews will be returning to the area throughout the day to provide reassurance and offer safety checks to the local community.