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Posted May 3, 2011 EST

Firefighters Late To Fatal Blaze
United Kingdom - A member of Parliament wants an investigation into why fire crews in eastern England went to a wrong address, causing a delay in reaching a deadly fire. Joanna Ball, 79, died early Friday in her home in Chappel, a village in Essex near the border with Suffolk, the East Anglian Daily Times reported. Ed Durand, a neighbor, said he called emergency services at 5:15 a.m. and tried to rescue Ball himself but was driven out by smoke.

Essex Fire and Rescue said it got the call at 5:22 a.m. and the first unit arrived on the scene 15 minutes later.

A spokeswoman said firefighters were on their way to Chappel when a second call sent them 3 miles away. She said officials are trying to determine why the firefighters were rerouted.

Bernard Jenkin, the M.P. for the area, said it was unclear whether the delay caused Ball's death.

"However the fire service should conduct an internal enquiry, urgently, to establish why the delay occurred and if it was decisive I would certainly wish to know the outcome and I imagine the coroner would also be interested," he said.

Written by United Press International

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