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|First appearance||8th March 2004|
|Number of appearances||1|
|Played by||Helen Lacey|
In March 2004 a fire broke out in an old storeroom at Underworld when Janice Battersby sneaked in there to smoke an illicit cigarette and dropped her stub onto a pile of clothing. With Mike Baldwin was on the golf course at the time, Nick Tilsley was in charge of the premises however he has distracted by his recent break-up from girlfriend Maria Sutherland and was talking through his problems with his mother when the conflagration began. The other girls had their radio turned up loud and were unable to hear Janice's screams. The automatic fire alarm being set off by the smoke was the first indication that something was wrong and the fire service was called. The premises were evacuated before the firemen arrived and a quick count established who was missing. Nick had returned and he impulsively returned to the burning building to rescue his ex-mother-in-law, managing to carry her outside but both inhaling smoke in the process.
At that point the fire appliance arrived and the Fire Officer took charge, clearing a path for the paramedics who were close behind him. While her colleague took care of Nick, the other Paramedic attended to Janice who had momentarily stopped breathing. Hayley Cropper and Harry Flagg had applied CPR. The Paramedic applied her oxygen mask and wheeled her to the waiting ambulance on a trolley, calming a frantic estranged husband Les Battersby down the process. She invited him to join them in the ambulance and when he admitted that relations between them weren't healthy at the moment, Fiz Brown offered to take his place for the journey.