AN investigation into the cause of a woman’s death is ongoing, after she was found dead following a house fire at her home.

An inquest opened on Wednesday, May 24 into the death of Bernadette Vaughan, who died on April 22, this year.

The inquest opening at Warrington Coroners’ Court heard the 57-year-old was found dead at her home in Northolt Court in Padgate.

Emergency services were called to the property shortly after 1.30pm on April 22,  following reports of a fire at the property.

Paramedics pronounced Mrs Vaughan dead at the scene.

She was identified by her husband, Nigel.

“The cause of the death is under investigation,” area coroner for Cheshire Victoria Davies told the court.

“There is potentially an unnatural cause of death.”

A review into the case will be held on August 30.

A full inquest hearing has been listed for October 31.

Two fire engines from Penketh Fire Station dealt with the fire.

A spokesman for Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service said: “Shortly before 1.30pm, the service received reports of a smell of smoke and fire on the first floor of a house on Northolt Court.

“The first crews arrived around five minutes later and two firefighters wearing breathing apparatus were deployed to rescue a casualty from an upstairs bedroom.

“The fire was contained to the room and dealt with quickly.”

An investigation into the fire is still ongoing.