AN ELDERLY couple have died following a fire at their home in Stone.
Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service attended the incident in Lichfield Road at 6.25pm today.
A man and a woman, believed to be in their 80s, were carried out of the detached property after being found on the first floor.
But paramedics were unable to revive them and they were pronounced dead at the scene.
Police and fire investigators have now launched a joint investigation into the cause of the fire.
Officers closed Lichfield Road to allow the investigators to carry out their work, and it is likely to remain closed for several hours tonight. Diversions are in place.
A spokesman for Staffordshire Police said: "Officers attended the incident with colleagues from the fire and ambulance services.
"A search of the premises was carried out, and sadly an elderly male and female were found dead at the scene.
"It is still early days in the investigation into the cause of the fire, so we cannot say how it may have started."