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Woman in her 30s dies and two others escape after deadly house fire in Birmingham

A woman has died after being found unconscious after 'severe fire' broke out at a two-storey house in the West Midlands.

West Midlands Fire Service said it responded to reports of a house fire in Harvest Road, Smethwick, at 4.35am on Saturday.

Four fire engines and 19 firefighters responded, from Oldbury, West Bromwich, Woodgate Valley and Smethwick fire stations.

Firefighters remain at the scene of a fatal house fire in Smethwick, West Midlands, where a woman died in the early hours of Saturday

West Midlands Fire Service said it responded to reports of a house fire in Harvest Road, Smethwick

Investigators from West Midlands Fire Service will be working with police colleagues to establish how the fire started

The service described the incident as 'a severe fire which affected all of the semi-detached house'.

A woman believed to be in her 30s, who was found unconscious in a bedroom and rescued by firefighters, was confirmed dead shortly afterwards.

A man and a woman, believed to be in their 50s, were led to safety and given first aid by fire crews.

They were taken to hospital by the ambulance service.

Taxi driver Ashmetullah Faizy, 38, raised the alarm after seeing the flames when he got back from work at around 4am.

Speaking to Express and Star, he described the scene: 'It was about 4.10am, I just came out of work and I just parked the car and went upstairs.

'As soon as I did that, I see from the window, I notice a light. I quickly came down the stairs, opened the door and saw the fire.

'I was the first person to ring 999. So I rang 999 straight away and I went and knocked their doors because they were upstairs.

'Then the husband has come out and the fire was getting really bad.

'I was on the phone with 999 and basically the fire started breaking the windows, everything.

'I knocked the other doors of the neighbour because they have got kids, telling them to get out of the house.'

The fire service added: 'Our thoughts are with them and everyone affected by this incident.

A woman believed to be in her 30s, who was found unconscious in a bedroom and rescued by firefighters, was confirmed dead shortly afterwards

A man and a woman, believed to be in their 50s, were led to safety and given first aid by fire crews

'The fire was confirmed to be out by 6.20am and, an hour later, our resources at the scene were scaled down to one fire engine.

'Investigators from West Midlands Fire Service will be working with police colleagues to establish how the fire started.'

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