House fire in Esch-sur-Alzette, 29 January 2023; Credit: CGDIS (via Facebook)

On Monday 30 January 2023, the Grand Ducal Police reported the death of an 81-year-old woman following a house fire in Esch-sur-Alzette.

The police received reports of a fire in a residential building on Rue Caspar-Mathias Spoo in Esch-sur-Alzette at around 07:45 on Sunday 29 January 2023. The Grand Ducal Fire and Rescue Corps (Corps grand-ducal d'incendie et de secours - CGDIS) confirmed that a "major" fire broke out in a terraced house on this street shortly before 08:00 on Sunday.

According to the police, two individuals rescued an 81-year-old woman from inside the building. The latter received on-site treatment from an emergency doctor and rescue workers, before being taken to hospital. She reportedly suffered life-threatening injuries due to the severity of her burns and smoke inhalation.

The police have confirmed that the woman passed away from her injuries overnight in hospital.

One of her two rescuers, who was in shock, was also taken to hospital for medical treatment, added the police.

The public prosecutor's office has tasked the criminal police with investigating and determining the cause of the fire.

According to the CGDIS, 40 firefighters were mobilised to stop the fire from spreading to adjoining buildings. During the extinguishing work, two firefighters were injured, according to the police report; one suffered serious injuries and the other suffered minor injuries. Both received treatment in hospital.

The residents of the adjacent buildings had reportedly already left their living quarters when the police arrived. The relevant check confirmed that there were no other people in the residential buildings concerned, according to the police.

Both Rue Caspar-Mathias Spoo and Boulevard Prince Henri in Esch-sur-Alzette were closed off during the operation.