Tribute paid to woman who died after fire in Southend

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The son of a “kind-hearted and loving” woman who died after a house fire in Southend has paid tribute to her.

Police have launched a murder investigation after 66-year-old Elsie Pinder died following a fire in Southchurch Road on Saturday July 3.

A thorough examination of the site was carried out by experts and her death is being treated as murder.

In a statement, her son Paul said: “She was a lovely, kind-hearted, generous, loving and witty lady who can only be described as a bottle of champagne waiting to pop.

“She will be sadly missed.”

A 41-year-old man from Southend, who was known to the victim, has been arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in custody.

Anyone who believes they have information on the woman’s death or the hours leading up to the fire should call 101 quoting reference 42/128551/21.

You can also submit a report online at or use the ‘Live Chat’ button to speak to an online operator between 7am-11pm.

Information can also be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or at


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