A WOMAN has died following a major fire at a remote Furness farm yesterday morning.

Police and fire crews from all over Cumbria were called to a farm near Broughton at 8.55am.

The woman has been named locally as Cath Braithwaite, 69.

Her 72-year-old husband, Arthur, is believed to have been injured in the blaze.

He was taken to hospital where his condition was described as 'serious but stable' by police today.

The tragedy has shocked those living in the scattered community.

Elaine Knowles is chairman of Duddon Parish Council.

"Cath was always helpful," she said.

"She used to be an Avon lady.

"She knew a lot of people in the farming community and will be very much missed.

"I think it will be very quiet and sombre in the village for a few days."

A neighbour said she had known Mrs Braithwaite for years.

“It is sad news," said the neighbour.

"She has worked hard all her life, and doesn’t deserve this happening to her.

A former co worker from the Eccle Riggs Hotel, near Broughton, said: “She was a lovely person and worked hard all her life.”

Mrs Braithwaite used to work a shift at the King’s Head, Broughton-in-Furness,

“Everyone around the village knew her and it is really sad news.” said the co-worker.

Cllr Sandra Carter said: “It’s very sad isn’t it? I haven’t lived here all my life and I don’t know them, but it is awful news.”

Joint inquiries are under way involving police and Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service.

Detective Inspector Matt Scott said: “We are treating the fire as unexplained at this stage.

“We are working closely with Cumbria Fire and Rescue investigators to establish the cause of the fire.”

Cumbria Fire and Rescue sent seven fire engines and around 35 firefighters to the scene.