Southend: Man charged following fatal fire
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Update: 20 July 2021
A man has been charged with murder and will appear at court today, Tuesday 20 July.
It follows the death of 66-year-old Elsie Pinder following a fire in Southchurch Road, Southend, on Saturday 3 July.
Andrew Wilding, 41, of Southchurch Road, has also been charged with arson with intent to endanger life.
He will appear at Southend Magistrates' Court.
Original article: 5 July 2021
We have launched a murder investigation after a woman died in a fire in Southend.
We were called by colleagues in the fire service to an incident in Southchurch Road at about 2.45am on Saturday 3 July, after a property caught fire.
A woman was rescued from the property and was taken to hospital for treatment.
Sadly, a 66-year-old woman has now died.
A thorough examination of the fire site has been carried out by experts and we are now treating the woman’s death as murder.
A 41-year-old man from Southend, who was known to the victim, has been arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in custody this morning.
Anyone who believes they have information on the woman’s death or the hours leading up to the fire should call us on 101 and cite 42/128551/21.
You can also submit a report online or use the 'Live Chat' button to speak to an online operator between 7am-11pm.
Information can also be given anonymously to Crimestoppers or call 0800 555 111.