Victim of fatal fire in Romford named

Detectives investigating the circumstances of a fatal fire in Romford have released the name of the victim.

Police were called by the London Fire Brigade at 10.17pm on Thursday, October 28 to a fire at a residential address on Queens Park Road.

Josephine Smith died from smoke inhalation

Mrs Josephine Smith, 88,was found inside the address and pronounced dead at the scene.

A post-mortem examination on Sunday, October 31 gave the cause of death as smoke inhalation.

A firework was recovered at the scene, but the cause of the blaze remains under investigation.

On Saturday, October 30 three people, a man in his late-teens, a girl in her late-teens and a boy in his mid-teens were arrested on suspicion of murder.

They have all been bailed to return on a date in late November.

Detective Chief Inspector  Linda Bradley from the Met’s Specialist Crime, said: “This is a very sad case and we are supporting  Mrs Smith’s family and keeping them fully updated on the current status on our inquiry.

“We are looking into all the circumstance of this fire and speculation before we know all the facts is unhelpful. We currently await the outcome of forensic enquiries and other lines of investigation, but if anyone has any information then I would ask them to contact police immediately.”

Any witnesses or anyone with any information is asked to the incident room on 020 8358 1010 or phone 101 or contact via Twitter @MetCC.  Please quote CAD 8170/28OCT

To give information anonymously contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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