Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Elderly woman dies in fire on Deptford High Street

An elderly woman died in a fire on Deptford High Street in the early hours of this morning and a second woman had to be rescued from a flat on the second floor of the building, which is next door to the Morley's Chicken Shop. Fire crews and police were on the scene this morning and closed the road to carry out their investigations. According to the official report from the London Fire Brigade, officers from six stations attended the scene; one of the closest of those, New Cross, is earmarked for closure in the proposed cuts. With response times set to increase if these closures go ahead, it begs the question of whether the second woman would have survived in those circumstances.


From the LFB website:
Firefighters were called to a fire in a shop converted into flats on Deptford High Street during the early hours of this morning. Crews rescued an elderly lady from the ground floor of the building but sadly she later died at the scene. A second woman was rescued by firefighters using a ladder from a flat on the second floor and she was taken to hospital by London Ambulance Service suffering from smoke inhalation. The fire damaged a large part of the building’s ground floor. The Brigade was called at 0131 and the fire was under control by 0228. Six fire engines, 35 firefighters and officers from Deptford, Greenwich, Lewisham, New Cross, Old Kent Road and East Greenwich fire stations attended the incident. The cause of the fire is being investigated by London Fire Brigade’s fire investigation team and the Metropolitan Police.



Updated: the victim has been named as 82-year-old Giuseppina Fazzani and the police are now treating this as murder.

7 comments:

Greg Biagioni said...

Ill always remember my great aunt with a great smile! X

Scott said...

Some reports describe her as "Mrs Fazzani, an Italian woman who used to run the family-owned cafe before it closed several years ago." If that is so, I remember her very well - we called the cafe "The Blue Rooms" - the most civilised cafe on the High Street! Very sad, the end of an era.

Sue said...

News reports of arson attack...

Nicola said...

I used to live a couple of doors down and once my cat went missing out the window... I knocked on her door and immediately knew I was welcome when I saw all her cats! She couldn't move very fast but did her best to help me look for her. A lovely, lovely lady.

Oliver said...

i have just heard this very sad news.. i grew up knowing this lady and get bother Lou when they had the cafe...

i am shocked and saddend by thus barbaric murder.. i am so glad i don't live in deptford anymore..

rest in peace lovley. lady.. your now with Lou..

i look forward to seen nice cup of tea and dinner when we see you again..

God bless.

shen.

Anonymous said...

I'm a family friend, Josie was a lovely lady, whom her family idolised. She will be sadly missed. Natalie x

Anonymous said...

I'm a close family friend and was proud to know such a lovely lady she will be greatly missed, everyone had such lovely memories of Josie. My thoughts are with her family