Fire claims life of woman, 80

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - STU­ART GREER

TRIB­UTES have been paid to an el­derly woman who died in a house fire.

Valda Lin­ton, 80, died dur­ing the blaze at her home on Hul­ley Road in Hurds­field, on Sun­day morn­ing.

An in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the cause has been launched by Cheshire Po­lice and Cheshire Fire Ser­vice.

Mem­bers of her fam­ily paid trib­ute us­ing the Ex­press Face­book page.

Ge­orge Braithwaite: “You’ll be for­ever in my heart nana.

“Such a strong woman. “I’m so sad yet so proud.”

Mil­lie Scur­rah: “My nana was the most amaz­ing woman.”

An­other trib­ute came from Dave Parker who said: “Val was such a lovely lady and funny and great to work with.”

Mrs Lin­ton was de­scribed as a ‘lovely lady’ who would reg­u­larly be seen walk­ing her dog El­lie.

One neigh­bour, who asked not to be named, said: “I’ve lived here for 28 years and known Val for all that time.

“She lived there alone af­ter her hus­band died. used to see her out walk­ing her dog. She loved her dog. She was a lovely lady.

“The fire was hor­ren­dous, there were flames com­ing out through the roof.

“I knew it was bad but can’t be­lieve she’s died. It’s just so sad.”

Ros­aleen Con­nor said: “So very, very sad.

IIThoughts are with her fam­ily. She was a lovely lady. RIP.”

Crews from Macclesfield, Con­gle­ton, and Poyn­ton were called to the mid-ter­raced house at 7.30am.

They spent sev­eral hours bat­tling to put the fire out and pre­vent it spread­ing to neigh­bour­ing homes.

Andy Hum­ber­stone, watch manager at Macclesfield Fire Sta­tion, said: “We ar­rived to find a fully en­veloped fire.

“The front win­dows had been blown out and the living room was ablaze. The first floor was alight as well. “There was a lot of dam­age but would say am 80 per cent sure it started in the living room.”

Po­lice cor­doned off the street and neigh­bours

IIwere evac­u­ated ini­tially to a McDon­ald’s restau­rant but some later stayed with rel­a­tives as in­ves­ti­ga­tions by po­lice and fire of­fi­cers con­tin­ued into Sun­day evening.

The Rev­erend Evan Cock­shaw, vicar at Holy Trinity Church in Hurds­field, said the fire had dev­as­tated the com­mu­nity.

He said: “It’s dev­as­tat­ing for the fam­ily and the wider com­mu­nity.

“As a church we prayed for Valda dur­ing our morn­ing ser­vice.”

Keith Ware­ham, 63, who lives nearby on De­lamere Drive, said: “It’s shock­ing to see some­thing like that so close to where you live and so sad to hear that the lady died.” Any­one with in­for­ma­tion can call po­lice on 101, quot­ing in­ci­dent 243

●» A up­stairs win­dow dam­aged by fire at the house on Hul­ley Road in Hurds­field

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