Tributes paid to victim of Wigan house fire tragedy

Tributes have been paid to a woman who died following a house fire in Wigan.

Tuesday, 22nd June 2021, 9:05 am
Updated Tuesday, 22nd June 2021, 12:31 pm

Officers were called around 5pm on Sunday 20 June 2021 to St James Grove, Wigan to a report of a fire at a property.

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Woman dies after house fire in Wigan

Emergency services attended but, despite the best efforts of medical staff, a woman in her 30s sadly died a short time later. She has been named locally as Cat Campbell.

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Police at the scene of the fatal fire in St James Grove, Poolstock

A joint investigation between Greater Manchester Police and Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service is on-going, but the fire is not being treated as suspicious at this time.

Tributes were paid on social media in the hours after the tragedy. One person commented: "R.I.P cat still in total shock that ur gone I will miss u n u will always remember the crazy times we had love u girl rest easy."

Another said: "So tragic, thoughts are with her immediate family and partner. Rest in peace."

A third posted: "So awful my thoughts are with her family and partner. Sleep peacefully Kat, x".

A fund-raiser to support the victim’s family has been organised, details of which were shared to the Wigan Today Facebook page.

A raffle and auction night will be held at the Prince of Wales in Woodhouse Lane on Thursday, July 8 from 7pm.

Entry to the event will cost £10, with all proceeds going to Cat’s family.

A spokesperson for GMFRS said: “At 4.20pm on Sunday, 20th June, three fire engines from Wigan, Hindley and Leigh were called to reports of a fire on St James Grove, in Wigan.

“The fire involved the kitchen of a semi-detached home. Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used three hose reels and two positive pressure ventilation units to extinguish the fire.

"Fire crews were in attendance for several hours.”

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