Manchester news Pensioner who died in flat fire was suffering from depression, inquest hears Manchester united news
MetiNews.Com - Margaret Russell 'a heavy drinker and smoker' was suffering from mental health condition
Breaking News ! A pensioner who died in a south Manchester flat fire was suffering from depression, the opening of an inquest heard today. Margaret Russell, 71, was rushed to hospital with critical injuries following the blaze at her home on Broom Lane in Levenshulme on Monday, March 22. She died a short time later. Area coroner for Manchester Zak Golombeck, described Mrs Russell as 'a heavy drinker and smoker'. He told the inquest passers-by had seen smoke billowing from her property and had broken down the door. Mrs Russell, who lived alone and has a step-daughter, Julie Major, was taken to the burns unit of Wythenshawe Hospital where she died. Police at a property on Broom Lane in Levenshulme (Image: ABNM Photography) During the hearing at Manchester Coroners' Court, Mr Golombeck said: "At this stage I have only seen the provisional results of the post mortem examinations and they confirm burns injuries as the cause of death." He said he needs a full file from Greater Manchester Police, including a report from the fire service, a full post mortem, a toxicology and histology report and a summary from Mrs Russell's GP. Mr Golombeck said he would also be requesting evidence from social services and Greater Manchester Health Foundation Trust and said he would require a witness statement from the most responsible individual, as well as a witness statement from clinicians at Wythenshawe Hospital who treated her on March 22. He said: "Mrs Russell was suffering from a mental health condition which we know to be depression.
." Mr Golombeck said it was unlikely the inquest would proceed until later this year. At the time of Mrs Russell's death, neighbours lay flowers at the scene and expressed their shock at what had happened. Neighbour Raymond Evans who has lived on Broom Lane for 26 years said: "She was well known in the area and used to speak to everybody. "She was cheerful and outgoing. "People are used to seeing her and this is a big shock." Others took to the Manchester Evening News Facebook page to pay tribute to Mrs Russell. Susan McLean wrote: "Rest in peace Maggie. "Gone but never forgotten."
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