A woman has died after a fire tore through a house in Barnsley yesterday evening.
Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus battled to control the blaze at the house in New Road, Staincross after it took hold just before 6pm.
A woman's body was found inside the South Yorkshire property, which was completely gutted by the flames.
Neighbours said the woman's pet Jack Russell also perished in the fire.
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A woman has died after a fire tore through a house in Barnsley
A woman's body was found inside the property, which was gutted by the fire
The road runs through the heart of the village of Staincross, where detached properties sell for around £300,000.
A joint police and fire service investigation was launched to determine the cause of the fire
Pictures from the scene taken in the aftermath of the blaze show a heap of charred belongings pouring out of shattered windows with blackened frames.
Firefighters were seen climbing through the wreckage, while a cordon was kept in place around the detached property.
Following the incident South Yorkshire fire service tweeted: 'Sadly, a woman has died following a serious house fire in Barnsley this evening.'
They added: 'Firefighters were called to the incident on New Road, Staincross at around 5:49pm this evening.'
In response, one Twitter user said: 'Thoughts and prayers for her family in this tragic event.'
The fire service also posted the news on Facebook, where local people offered their condolences.
Alison Francis said: 'Such sad news. Condolences to all the family and friends. RIP.'
Rachel Hudson wrote: 'Awful news. Thoughts are with her family. RIP.'
And Steve Taylor posted: 'Thoughts go out to the family and also the fire crew.'
Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used hose reels to tackle the inferno
Five engines attended the incident with crews from neighbouring Barnsley, Tankersley, Dearne and Cudworth.
Firefighters used hose reels to tackle the inferno, with two crews staying behind to carry out further searches of the property.
A joint police and fire service investigation was launched to determine the cause of the blaze, which is initially being treated as 'unexplained'.
A spokeswoman for the fire service said that investigators would be on the scene at least until the end of today.
No details about the woman's identity have been released.