Inquest opens into fire death

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A MUM died after becoming trapped in a garage fire, an inquest has heard.

The inquest into the death of Trudy Elliott, of Wingerworth, has opened at Chesterfield Coroners Court.

Mrs Elliott, 41, died after a fire at her home on Middle Road, Hardwick Wood, at Wingerworth on Tuesday, May 8.

Emergency services were called to the property at around 1.30pm.

Firefighters from Chesterfield, Clay Cross and Matlock tackled the blaze.

Mrs Elliott’s body was found in a detached garage at the house.

During the opening on Tuesday, May 15, Det Sgt Robert Church said: “Trudy Elliott called the fire brigade in respect of a fire occurring in her garage.

“The garage was alight and Trudy was trapped and received fatal injuries as a result of the fire.

“Investigations are being conducted in to the full circumstances.”

Police and forensic fire investigations are looking in to the cause of the blaze.

The death is not being treated as suspicious.

Mrs Elliott is believed to have two daughters.

Her family own Woodleigh Motors.

A spokesman for Derbyshire Fire and Rescue said following the blaze community safety officers had been providing fire safety advice and reassurance to the community of Wingerworth.

He added: “Our thoughts and sympathies go out to the family and friends at this sad time.”

The inquest was adjourned.