Murder Investigation After Southend Flat Fire

A murder investigation has launched after a pregnant woman who was seriously injured after a flat fire in Southend, died in hospital.

Essex Police

Emergency services were called to a block of flats on Balmoral Road at around 11.15pm on Saturday (7 May).

Essex Police said: "The ninth floor of the premises was evacuated while firefighters extinguished the blaze.

A 30-year-old woman from Southend was taken to hospital with life threatening injuries.

"Sadly she died yesterday evening, Monday May 9.

"The fire is being treated as suspicious and police are investigating the circumstances leading up to the incident.

"Witnesses or anyone with information are asked to contact 101 or email

"Alternatively, they can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or".

Local News

Recently Played Tracks

On Radio: Toby Anstis

10am - 1pm

Email the show

Text 'HEART' to 82122

Toby Anstis

On TV: Heart's Feel Good 50

9am - 12pm

Watch heart TV

Heart VIP


Autumn Weather

Find your local four day weather report here.

Listening To Radio Win With Heart

Make Heart the soundtrack to your day and you could be a winner with great prizes up for grabs throughout the day.

Advertise Advertise in Essex

Get some great ideas on how to advertise your business on radio, online and on mobile.

Follow Heart on Twitter