Tributes paid to 83-year-old great-grandmother who died jumping from window to escape Birmingham house fire

An emotional tribute has been paid to 83-year-old Peggy Wright, who died after jumping from a window to escape an arson attack at her home.

The great-grandmother desperately fled the blaze at her end of terraced home on Lapworth Grove in Balsall Heath, Birmingham, on Sunday (April 18).

West Midlands Police say a 46-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after the elderly woman died from her injuries following the fire.

Peggy Wright's family have described her as "a much-loved and respected member of her local community." Credit: BPM Media

Paying tribute, Ms Wright's family said: "A mother, sister, grandmother and great-grandmother, she was devoted to her family but always had time to show compassion and understanding to others."Her loss following the sudden and devastating events of the weekend has left her loved ones and many friends beyond grief, in a state of bewilderment and has created a void in her family that can never be filled."The family would like to express sincere thanks and appreciation for the many good wishes and messages of support, but would respectfully request some privacy at this sad and most difficult time."


  • Forensics teams have been working at the house for the second day in a row


Officers say a 52-year-old man who was also taken to hospital is receiving treatment for burns injuries, which are thought to be "serious."

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.

DI Wes Martin, West Midlands Police

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Officers say the house has been cordoned off to allow officers and fire service crews to carry out a "thorough forensic investigation of the scene."