The woman, believed to be in her 80s, has died while her husband remains in hospital following the fire in the North Devon village.

An elderly woman has died following a house fire in Woolsery in the early hours of yesterday morning (Thursday).

The woman, believed to be in her 80s, was rescued from the bedroom of the bungalow in Town Meadows by fire fighters but later died in hospital.

Her husband was also rescued from the hallway of the house, which was heavily smoke logged, and is believed to still be hospital.

Station manager Neil Hole said three fire engines were called out at 12.47am to find the bungalow filled with ‘thick, acrid smoke’.

The fire, which began in a consumer unit in the kitchen, had not spread through the bungalow but had filled the property with black smoke.

The man and woman were treated by fire fighters from Hartland before being taken to North Devon District Hospital.

Fire fighters from Bideford extinguished the fire with dry powder extinguishers and ventilated the property.

Neil Blackburn, group commander, said the service extended their sympathies to the family of the couple.

He said the property did have a working smoke alarm, but the couple were unable to get out of the house in time.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation but is thought to have possibly started with an electrical fault.

The fire service has asked people to ensure they have a working smoke alarm and to make sure their electrics are regularly checked by a qualified electrician.