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Woman, 53, dies after catching fire at petrol station

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A woman who caught fire at a petrol station has died of her injuries, police have today confirmed.

Emergency crews rushed to the BP petrol station on Northern Road in Cosham, Hampshire, after witnesses reported that a person was on fire.

CCTV of the petrol station forecourt appears to show the woman had poured fuel on herself before she was engulfed in flames during the incident on Sunday.

In the footage, a passer-by can also be seen taking off his shirt in a bid to help the woman. 

Hampshire Police confirmed this morning that the 53-year-old woman had died in hospital after suffering serious burns.   

a building that has a sign on the side of a road: Emergency crews rushed to the BP petrol station on Northern Road in Cosham, Hampshire, after witnesses reported that a person was on fire © Provided by Daily Mail Emergency crews rushed to the BP petrol station on Northern Road in Cosham, Hampshire, after witnesses reported that a person was on fire

A spokesperson for the force said: 'We were called at 10.35am on November 1 to a report of a concern for welfare for a woman at Cosham Filling Station on Northern Road, Portsmouth.


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'The 53-year-old woman was taken to hospital with serious burns. We can now confirm that she has sadly died in hospital.

'Her next-of-kin have been informed and are being supported. The death is not being treated as suspicious.'

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service said a member of the public helped to put out the fire as crews arrived at the scene.

A spokesperson added: 'Crews from Southsea fire station and Cosham fire station were mobilised to the incident.

'Due to an ambulance passing the incident, South Central Ambulance Service were at the scene when the fire crews arrived.

'A member of public assisted in putting out the fire prior to Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service's arrival. The victim was taken by SCAS to hospital.

'Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service crews checked the welfare of the forecourt staff and members of the public. Crews also conducted a scene safety check.'

Crews were at the scene for nearly an hour before a stop message was issued at 11.30am.

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