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An investigation is underway after a woman died in a flat fire on the outskirts of Leeds.

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West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service officers are investigating the cause of the blaze at the property on Greenwood Road, in East Ardsley.

Crews from Hunslet and Morley were called to the scene on Sunday evening and discovered the first floor of the flat was on fire. They smashed through three windows to release some of the smoke.

Firefighters then entered the building where they found a woman, 49, inside and rescued her.

She was unconscious and they performed CPR at the scene.

Ambulance crews arrived soon after and the woman was taken to Pinderfields Hospital, where she later died.

West Yorkshire Police have not yet named the woman.

A neighbour, Anne Proctor, saw the firefighters outside her home when she returned from work at 10.30pm.

She said: “It was all a bit of a shock coming home and seeing all the flashing lights.

“People were on the street and I was told they tried to get in and help her before the firefighters came. She kept herself to herself and seemed like a nice lady.

“She always said hello in the mornings when I saw her.”

Another neighbour, who did not want to be named, said her “heart sank” when she saw the emergency services at the property.

She said: “Two young boys died in a house fire just a few houses from where the fire was around 10 years ago.

“I was just praying it wasn’t something similar. It is so sad what’s happened.”

Enquiries into the cause of the fire are ongoing and a fire investigation officer visited the scene yesterday.

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