A woman has been arrested on suspicion of murder after an elderly man died in a flat blaze in Essex at the weekend.Police and fire crews launched an investigation after the fire tore through a flat in Rochdale Way, Colchester, in the early hours of yesterday morning. Emergency services were called at around 1.15am after receiving reports that a 78-year-old man was trapped inside the building.
One brave neighbour even tried to get inside twice in a bid to rescue the OAP but by the time he was found by firefighters he was unresponsive and tragically died at the scene.
Following the blaze a 42-year-old woman from Colchester was arrested and is being held by police on suspicion of the man’s murder. Police confirmed that the victim and the suspect were known to each other.
Neighbours have spoken of their shock at news of the death “The fire was very close and we had no idea – if it had spread…we have two young boys in the house. It’s very scary actually.”