Elderly woman dies in Southend house fire
A woman believed to have been aged in her 90s has died following a house fire in Southend.
She was pronounced dead at the scene of the fire in Nelson Street, Southend, at about 19:00 GMT on Christmas Day.
Firefighters wearing breathing equipment went into the three-storey house and found the woman in a top floor bedroom.
A police and fire service investigation into the cause of the fire is under way.
An Essex Police spokeswoman said: "The woman's death is not being treated as suspicious at this time although inquiries into the circumstances of how she died are continuing today.
"There was no one else living in the property and nobody had to be evacuated."