Raynes Park fire death victim's screams heard
- 30 December 2013
- From the section London
A young mother who died after she was found on fire in a street in south-west London was heard loudly screaming, according to a witness.
Police and firefighters were called to a level crossing in West Barnes Lane, Raynes Park, at 01:00 GMT on Sunday.
The mother, who has been named locally as Rachel Osei, died from burns and inhalation of fire fumes, a post-mortem test found.
On social media, her brother Justin said her death did not make sense.
On Instagram, he wrote: "R.I.P To my little sister rachel, i cant believe im having to write this, ive spent so much time thinking about how this could happen because it just doesnt make sense to me.
"You were a great mum and sister i love you and will always miss you rest in peace."
Scotland Yard said the dead woman had a young son who was being looked after by relatives when she died.
Layla Hamid, who lives nearby, told BBC London she heard the woman's screams.
"It was like nothing I'd ever heard, I didn't think it was a human... it sounded like a fox," she said.
A Met Police spokesman said two people who tried to save her life had come forward but they still wanted to trace a third person.
Officers believe the fire started at a residential property in Linkway, a nearby street.
The cause of the fire and the circumstances of her death are being investigated by police and London Fire Brigade.