A Canberra woman is dead and her husband is recovering in hospital after a fire consumed their home in the city’s south overnight.
- The fire was sparked on Sunday evening, significantly damaging the couple’s home
- A 70-year-old woman died at the scene, while her 74-year-old husband escaped
- Police do not believe the fire was suspicious, but can’t yet say how it started
The 70-year-old woman died inside the house in McTaggart Crescent, Kambah, while her 74-year-old husband was able to make his way to the home’s backyard.
He was taken to hospital where he is now recovering.
Emergency services were first alerted to the blaze about 7:45pm on Sunday, but did not provide details of the fatal fire until late on Monday morning.
Detective Inspector Matthew Reynolds from ACT Policing said it was not yet clear how the fire started, but investigators did not believe it was suspicious.
“The 74-year-old male suffered some non-life-threatening injuries, so smoke inhalation and clearly distressed, in shock,” he said.
“In terms of the exact point of the fire, we’re not sure of that yet.
“The damage is extensive to the house, at the moment that needs to be structurally assessed.”
Authorities said it was believed the couple had lived at the house for some time.
Superintendent Paul Flynn from ACT Fire and Rescue said the man had escaped the blaze by fleeing to the backyard.
“When the crews arrived on scene the house was fairly fully involved,” he said.
“I believe [the 74-year-old] made his way to the backyard, he was found at the rear of the property.
“Unfortunately the other occupant was not able to escape.”