A WOMAN has died and a man has been taken to hospital after a house fire in Alcester.

Emergency services rushed to Ragley Mill Lane just after 5.45am on Friday, May 19.

A woman in her 50s was recused by Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service but was pronounced dead at the scene.

West Midlands Ambulance Service sent two ambulances and a paramedic officer to the scene.

A spokesperson for the ambulance service said: “On arrival, crews discovered a woman, who had been rescued from the property by colleagues from the fire service.

“Sadly, it quickly became apparent nothing could be done to save her and she was confirmed dead at the scene.

“A second patient, a man, was treated for the effects of smoke inhalation before being taken to the Alexandra Hospital, Redditch.”

A spokesperson for Warwickshire Police said: "Following a fire at a property on Ragley Mill Lane in Alcester this morning, we can confirm a woman in her 50s has sadly died.

"Her next of kin have been informed, the death is not being treated as suspicious, and a file will be prepared for the coroner.

"Thank you for your patience as we worked alongside our emergency service colleagues."

A Warwickshire County Council spokesperson said the cause of the fire is 'still under investigation'.

"Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service were called to a house fire on Friday, May 19 at 5.35am on Ragley Mill Lane in Alcester," added the spokesperson.

"On arrival, crews found a property well alight and were informed that residents were inside. 

"Firefighters acted quickly to tackle the blaze and entered the property using breathing apparatus.

"One person was rescued from the property and left in the care of West Midlands Ambulance Service. 

"The cause of the fire is still under investigation."