Fire probe after mum-to-be dies
A HEAVILY pregnant woman has died after a suspicious tower block fire.
Detectives have launched a murder investigation after the blaze at the block of flats in Balmoral Road, Southend, on Saturday night, Essex Police said.
The 30-year-old expectant local mother was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries and died on Monday evening.
Police said she was “in the later stages of pregnancy”.
Fourteen people, including an eight-weekold baby were evacuated from the ninth floor of the block while firefighters extinguished the blaze.
Police said the fire is being treated as suspicious and officers, called to the scene at about 11.15pm, are investigating the circumstances leading up to it.