THE death of a 69-year-old woman in a fire at a remote farm is not being treated as suspicious, police have confirmed.

The blaze, which broke out at Holme Farm near Broughton early on Wednesday morning, claimed the life of Cath Braithwaite.

Yesterday, police said there was no evidence at this time of any criminal incident and a file will be prepared for the coroner.

Joint scene examination work by police and Cumbria Fire & Rescue Service was conducted to establish the cause of the fire on Thursday.

Roger Exley, station manager for Cumbria Fire & Rescue Service, said there was a number of potential causes - but it was still unclear what started the blaze.

“Yesterday we worked with police at the scene and we are still considering the a number of causes, he said.

“The lead investigator has a number of potential causes in mind.

“It could be a wood burner or a number of electrical appliances that started the fire.

“Because of the scale of the fire and the damage caused it was difficult to work out what started the fire.

“The amount of farm vehicles in the area that were derelict meant it was difficult to get to the fire.

“11 fire engines from across Cumbria attended the scene with around 50 firefighters being involved with tackling the fire.”