A MAN and woman who sadly died in a house fire on Cherry Tree Street in Elsecar on Tuesday evening have been named by police.

Formal identification has yet to take place but the victims are now believed to be Katherine Collard, 55, and Erwin Albers, 62.

Their families have been informed and are receiving support from specialist police officers.

It is expected that a post-mortem examination will take place this afternoon.

A joint investigation by the police and fire service is continuing to determine the cause of the fire.