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Elderly woman dies in house blaze

An elderly woman has died in a house fire on Christmas Day.

Firefighters were called to the property in Hermiston Road in the east end of Glasgow at about 8.35pm.

A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: "The victim was pronounced dead at the scene by ambulance personnel.

"Inquiries are ongoing and no further details can be released until next of kin have been informed."

In a separate incident t hree children, including a baby, were taken to hospital as a precaution after a house fire.

The blaze broke out in an upstairs room of a two-storey property in Auchengreoch Avenue in Johnstone, Renfrewshire, at about 8.10pm.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus entered the building and put out the flames.

A fire service spokeswoman said: "As a precaution three children, the youngest being 10 months, were taken to hospital and three adults were checked at the scene."

The children were taken to Paisley's Royal Alexandra Hospital for a check up.

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