Great-gran, 83, killed in 'firebomb attack' pictured as family pay heartbreaking tribute

TRIBUTES have been paid to a great-gran whose home was torched in an alleged firebomb attack.

Peggy Wright, 83, died after jumping 20ft from an upstairs window as flames took hold of her home in Balsall Heath, Birmingham.

Peggy was heard "screaming for her dear life" before leaping out of the window while her son Andrew, 52, was rescued by firefighters.

She was rushed to hospital on Sunday but died from her injuries. Her son suffered severe burns and is in a stable condition.

It is alleged that a firebomb was pushed through the letterbox of her home in Lapworth Grove – sparking the blaze.


In a tribute Peggy, her family said in a statement: "Peggy was a much-loved and respected member of her local community over a period of many years.

"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."

Roslin Henry, 89, said Peggy had lived opposite her home for four decades.

She said: “All I can say is she was always a really nice woman to me.

“Both of us used to help each other out. We would meet at the wall for a chat. She just lived with her son, Andrew. He’s in hospital with very bad burns.

“I just can’t understand how this could happen. I just feel so much pain in my heart. She was such a nice woman.”


Another neighbour said: “She didn’t deserve this at all. She was like Peggy from EastEnders – full of life and always there for everyone."

Mrs Wright, who had breathing difficulties, had lived in Lapworth Grove for more than four decades after moving from London.

Neighbour Liz, 54, said: "She had a husky voice and you would hear her laugh a mile off. I’ve known her for 40 years – I’m gutted. We’ve all grown up with her. It’s heartbreaking."

A 46-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder has since been detained under the mental health act.

Cops have described the incident as a "really tragic case".

DI Wes Martin, from West Midlands Police homicide team, 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.”

Witnesses say they heard the elderly woman "screaming" as the property became engulfed in flames.

One neighbour said: "It sounded like someone was screaming for dear life. When I heard sirens and saw smoke coming from the house I knew something awful had happened.

"I didn't know the woman who lived at the house but another neighbour said they believed a man lived there with his old mum.

"It's appalling to think that someone has tried to burn them to death in their own home. What kind of a person would do that?"

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