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Murder probe launched after pregnant woman dies in suspicious fire

Murder probe launched after pregnant woman dies in suspicious fire

A pregnant woman has died after a suspicious tower block fire.

Detectives have launched a murder investigation after the blaze at the block of flats on Balmoral Road, Southend, at about 11.15pm on Saturday night, Essex Police said.

A 30-year-old pregnant woman from Southend was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries and died on Monday evening.

The force said the fire is being treated as suspicious and officers are investigating the circumstances leading up to it.

Police said the ninth floor of the block was evacuated while firefighters extinguished the blaze.

Anyone with information are asked to contact 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.