An investigation is underway after an elderly woman died in a house fire in Rishton.
The 83-year-old was rescued by firefighters in the early hours of Boxing Day after a fire broke out at a house on Cliff Street.
Three fire crews from Hyndburn Fire Station arrived at the scene just before 4am and were met with smoke coming from the upstairs and downstairs windows.
The teams entered using breathing apparatus and rescued the woman from the ground floor and a 52-year-old man from the first floor.
Another man, aged 53, had managed to escape the house on his own.
All three were taken to Royal Blackburn Hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation but the elderly lady died several hours later.
DI Claire Holbrook, from Lancashire Police, said the fire is currently being treated as unexplained but there are not believed to be any suspicious circumstances.
She said: “This is a tragic incident and we are working hard with the fire service to piece together what has happened.”
Lee Cook, crew manager at Hyndburn Fire Station, said the fire began in the living room but are unsure how it started.
Ben Norman, group manager for Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service said the property had a smoke alarm but it wasn't enough to save the woman's life.
He said: “Our thoughts at this time are with the lady's family and we have seen this happen too many times during a period which is supposed to bring joy and happiness.
“A joint police and fire investigation is now under way to determine the cause of the fire.”
Anyone with information should call police on 101.