UPDATE: Neighbour tells of efforts to save Burnham Market woman

A neighbour of a woman who died in a house fire in Burnham Market last week has spoken of efforts to save the woman.

Police today named the woman who died in a house fire as 86-year-old Audrey Matthews.

A Norfolk Police spokesman also said that the fire is not being treated as suspicious and the case is being handed over to the coroner's office.

Emergency services attended a property in Church Walk shortly before 2.50pm on Thursday.

Mrs Matthews was discovered at the address and attempts were made to resuscitate her but she died at the scene.

Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service is still investigating the cause of the fire.

Two neighbours ran into the house to try to rescue Mrs Matthews.

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One of them, who did not wish to be named, said: 'I saw smoke coming from the back window of Audrey's house so we ran in the back door to try to find her. She slept in a room downstairs and I couldn't see her there. We kept calling out to her but got no reply.

'There was so much smoke I couldn't see half a metre ahead of me so couldn't stay in the house and we called the fire brigade.

'They were here very quickly and the paramedics spent a long time trying to resuscitate her. They did everything they could.'

The neighbour added: 'Audrey was house-bound recently but I'd see her occasionally and she was a very nice, friendly, woman.

'It is such a shame for a woman like this, who was in reasonable health for her age, to die this way.'

The neighbour said that Mrs Matthews was a widow and she had a son and a daughter who did not live locally.

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