Woman who died in Cherry Hinton bungalow fire named locally as Theresa Freeman

PUBLISHED: 17:15 14 December 2017 | UPDATED: 17:45 15 December 2017

Woman killed in fatal house fire in Teversham Drift named locally as Theresa Freeman. Picture: Keith Heppell

Woman killed in fatal house fire in Teversham Drift named locally as Theresa Freeman. Picture: Keith Heppell

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Neighbours shocked by speed of the fire

Flowers left at the scene of house fire in Teversham Drift which killed bedridden woman. Picture: Keith HeppellFlowers left at the scene of house fire in Teversham Drift which killed bedridden woman. Picture: Keith Heppell

A woman, named locally as Theresa Freeman, died in a house fire in Teversham Drift.

Two crews from Cambridge and one from Sawston attended the blaze which broke out shortly after 8.15am on December 13.

They rescued a woman who was taken to hospital by ambulance but she sadly died in hospital.

An investigation into the cause of the fire is underway and neighbours have expressed their shock at the speed in which the blaze took hold.

Neighbours left shocked at the speed of blaze. Picture: Keith HeppellNeighbours left shocked at the speed of blaze. Picture: Keith Heppell

Neighbour Marian Robb had taken her dog for a walk at 7.50am that morning and there was no sign of a fire but 20 minutes later smoke was billowing out of Ms Freeman’s bungalow.

Ms Freeman, who was disabled and bedridden, was trapped as firefighters, paramedics and police attempted to rescue her.

Ms Robb said: “She could not get out of bed on her own. She didn’t deserve that, nobody does. I took the dog out for a morning walk and there was nothing and that was about 10 to eight. Then by 10 past eight there were three fire engines and all hell broke loose. There was smoke coming out of the back and the front. It was terrible and yet I’d seen nothing earlier. It was horrible. It must have been so scary knowing you can’t move and it is just all closing in on you. She must have been terrified, the poor woman.”

Wearing breathing apparatus and using two hose reels, firefighters extinguished the fire and used positive pressure ventilation to clear the smoke.

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