BREAKING: Firework found at fatal fire address in Harold Wood and three teenagers arrested on suspicion of murder.


A firework has been recovered at the scene of a fatal fire in Queens Park Road, Harold Wood, as the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Three teenagers, a man and a woman in their late teens and a boy in his mid teens were arrested on Saturday 30th of October on suspicion of murder.

The victim, an 88 year old pensioner has been named as Mrs Josephine Smith, from Harold Wood.

A Met Police Spokesperson told the Havering Daily:

“Police were called by the London Fire Brigade at 22:17hrs on Thursday, 28 October to a fire at a residential address on Queens Park Road in Romford.

Officers attended along with the London Ambulance Service.

Mrs Smith was found inside the address and pronounced dead at the scene.

Her next of kin has been informed.

A post-mortem examination on Sunday, 31 October gave the cause of her death as smoke inhalation.

A firework was recovered at the scene, however the cause of the  fire remains under investigation.

On Saturday,  30 October 2021 three people, a man in his late-teens and girl in her late-teens and a boy in his mid-teens were arrested on suspicion of murder.

They have all been bailed to a date in late November.”

Detective Chief Inspector  Linda Bradley from the Met’s Specialist Crime, said: “This is a very sad case and we are supporting  Mrs Smith’s family and keeping them fully updated on the current status on our inquiry.

We are looking into all the circumstance of this fire and speculation before we know all the facts is unhelpful. We currently await the outcome of forensic enquiries and other lines of investigation, but if anyone has any information then I would ask them to contact police immediately.”

Any witnesses or anyone with any information is asked to the incident room on 020 9358 1010 or phone 101 or contact via Twitter @MetCC.  Please quote CAD 8170/28OCT

To give information anonymously contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online at

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