Elderly woman who died in Brislington house fire named as Joyce Parsons
A PENSIONER has died after a fire at her home in Brislington.
Named by neighbours as Joyce Parsons, the widow was found by firefighters who broke into her house to tackle the blaze last night.
The fire is thought to have started at about 7.20pm in the kitchen of the end-terraced house on Warrington Road, which Mrs Parsons, believed to be in her eighties, had lived in for most of her life.
Next-door neighbour Caroline Liffen said: "It's devastating. It's so sad.
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"Joyce was a lovely lady. She was very proud and independent for her age.
"She'd lived on this street longer than anyone – since the houses were built in the late 1930s."
Caroline, 38, and 14-year-old daughter Isabel have lived on the street for the past two years.
Her boyfriend Adam Moolla was wrapping Christmas presents when he saw two fire engines pull up outside Mrs Parsons' house, followed by police cars.
Caroline, a business development manager, added: "I haven't been able to sleep thinking about what's happened all night. Being so close to Christmas makes it even worse.
"Joyce had a fall about six weeks ago, so we tried to keep an eye on her. Adam knocked on her door to see how she was a few weeks back. I don't know if she had any close family."
Avon Fire and Rescue service said neighbours tried to rescue Mrs Parsons.
One resident told The Post a neighbour heard her smoke alarm go off and looked though her letterbox to see the house full of smoke.
Fire crews from Brislington and Temple Back attended as soon as they could after someone called 999.
They entered the property wearing breathing apparatus and tackled the flames with a hose, finding Mrs Parsons in her kitchen.
But despite their efforts, and those of paramedics, she passed away.
"Neighbours had tried bravely to rescue the lady," said Dennis McCann of Avon Fire and Rescue Service.
"Tragically, despite the efforts of the firefighters and paramedics one elderly lady died."
He said that the cause of the fire is still being investigated but it appeared to have been a "tragic accident".