Woman who died in house fire named locally as police probe murder

Loving tributes have been paid to an elderly woman affectionately dubbed the ‘Peggy Mitchell of Lapworth Grove’ after a suspected arson attack on her home.

A murder probe has been launched after the 83-year-old named locally as Peggy Wright tragically died after jumping from a window to escape the blaze.

She was taken to hospital after the fire ravaged the property just before 9.30am on Sunday (April 18).

Sadly she did not survive her injuries and was pronounced dead last night.

Neighbours later described Mrs Wright as the “Peggy Mitchell of Lapworth Grove” who was a “lovely lady, kind, funny, amazing, good heart.”

A card placed at the scene read: ‘For a wonderful sister Peggy’

A bouquet of flowers and tributes, in the form of a birthday card, have since been left next to the blue police tent erected at the scene.

Addressing a ‘wonderful sister Peggy’, one tribute said: “Will love and miss you forever. Sleep tight. Love, hugs and kisses.”

A 52-year-old man who was also taken to hospital is in a serious condition with burns.

West Midlands Police said today the incident is being treated as murder – with a 45-year-old man arrested and in custody.

The force said it was not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident at this time.

Detective Inspector Wes Martin, from West Midlands Police’s homicide team, said: “This is a really tragic case, where a woman has sadly died after her own home, a place that should be safe, was set on fire.

Flowers are placed outside the Police blue tent in Balsall Heath
Flowers are placed outside the Police blue tent in Balsall Heath

“Our thoughts remain with her family at this time and they are being supported by specialist officers.

“A man has been arrested, and at this time we are not currently looking for anyone else in connection with this incident.”

Anyone with information on the incident can contact police online via live chat between 8am – midnight or by calling 101 anytime.

Information can also be given anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, please quote log number 954 of 18/04/21.

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