Woman in her 30s dies after being found on fire in the back garden of an east London house
- Fire crews arrived at the house in Chadwell Heath and found the woman on fire
- They extinguished the flames but the woman, in her 30s, died at the scene
- Firefighters called the police, who are now investigating ‘unexplained’ death
A woman has died after she was found on fire in a back garden in east London late last night.
Fire crews and police were called to Chadwell Heath, near Romford, shortly before midnight and found the woman on fire.
She was declared dead at the scene and police are now investigating.
Photos from the scene show a tarpaulin has been put over the very back of the terraced house’s garden, next to a chair swing.
A woman in the 30s died after she was found on fire in the garden of this east London home
A woman was found on fire in a back garden of this street in east London last night
Fire crews arrived at the house first and called in police when they found the woman.
A Scotland Yard spokesman said: ‘A woman, aged in her 30s, was pronounced dead at the scene. Police are working to inform next of kin.
‘The death is currently being treated as unexplained. Enquiries into the cause of the fire are ongoing and officers remain at the scene.’
A spokesman for London Fire Brigade said: ‘Two fire engines and around ten firefighters were called to reports of a person alight in the rear garden of a house on Lee Avenue in Chadwell Heath yesterday evening.
‘Sadly a woman was confirmed dead at the scene.
‘The Brigade was called at 23:52 on Thursday evening and the incident was over for firefighters at 00:28. Crews from Dagenham fire station attended the scene.
‘The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Metropolitan Police and the Brigade’s fire investigation team.’
The fire was extinguished by London Fire Brigade crews but the woman died at the scene
Police were seen entering the house this morning as the investigation continues