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Tragedy as woman, 83, killed in ‘arson attack’ after jumping from window

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An 83-year-old woman has died jumping from her window in a suspected arson attack.

A murder investigation has been launched by West Midlands Police following the death of a pensioner in a desperate attempt to escape her blazing home.

A 52-year-old man was also taken to hospital with burn injuries from the property in Lapworth Grove, in the Balsall Heath area of Birmingham, at 9.30am on Sunday, West Midlands Police said.

His injuries are said to be serious rather than life-threatening, according to the force.

The property has been cordoned off while police and fire investigators look for clues as to what started the blaze, however it is being treated as deliberate.

A 46-year-old man initially arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life has since been arrested on suspicion of murder and is to be questioned by detectives.

Police said they were not looking for anybody else in connection with the fire.

Detective Inspector Wes Martin said: "This is a really tragic case where a woman has sadly died after her own home – a place that should be safe – was set on fire.

"Our thoughts remain with her family at this time and they are being supported by specialist officers.

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"A man has been arrested and at this time we are not currently looking for anyone else in connection with this incident."

Tributes from members of the public have been added to the West Midlands Police Facebook page where the incident was reported.

One reads: "What a dreadful tragedy. Rip to the poor lady who passed away. Xxx"

"What a dreadful thing to happen. Such a very sad end for the elderly lady. RIP," another wrote.

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