Braintree house fire: Mother and daughter died together in room
A mother and daughter killed in a house blaze died together in an upstairs room, an inquest has heard.
Alina, 41, and 11-year-old Emilia Kordaszewska died in the fire in South Street, Braintree, on 21 December.
The fire was started accidentally by a candle. No official cause of death has been released but provisional tests suggested they died from smoke inhalation.
An inquest was opened by Chelmsford coroners and adjourned to 27 March.
Essex Fire Service, which investigated the blaze, said the candle which caused it was in the lounge on the ground floor of the house.
A crowdfunding page set up by friends of Mrs Kordaszewska's eldest daughter, Milena, who survived the fire, has so far raised more than £24,000 to help the family.