Well-known boater dies in nar­row­boat fire

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Well-known mem­ber of the boat­ing com­mu­nity Alexan­dra (Alex) Ben­nett has trag­i­cally lost her life as a re­sult of a fire on the nar­row­boat which was her home.

The fire brigade were called out to the blaze in the early hours of 22 Fe­bru­ary, and us­ing breath­ing ap­pa­ra­tus they suc­ceeded in res­cu­ing 57-year-old Alex and ex­tin­guish­ing the flames. They car­ried out CPR on her, but she died on the scene.

A sub­se­quent in­ves­ti­ga­tion by po­lice and fire ser­vices iden­ti­fied the cause as a solid fuel stove door left open, al­low­ing burn­ing fuel to fall onto the car­pet.

Alex was also the owner of the work­ing boat Tench, which achieved promi­nence re­cently when she wel­comed The Alarum Theatre on board to use the boat for their tour of the wa­ter­ways per­form­ing their show Idle Women of the Wartime Wa­ter­ways, fol­low­ing the route taken by the wartime trainee boat­women 75 years ear­lier.

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