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Manchester fire death: Julie Archer was 'lovely mum'

Julie Archer Image copyright Greater Manchester Police
Image caption Julie Archer died in hospital after the alleged attack at her home in Newton Heath

The children of a woman who died after allegedly being set on fire have described her as a "lovely mum and grandma".

Julie Archer, 49, died in hospital after a blaze at her home in Newton Heath, Manchester, on 29 February.

Her brother Stephen Archer, 50, has been charged with murder and arson with intent to endanger life.

Ms Archer's two sons and daughter said she was "funny and outgoing" and "always trying to make people laugh".

They added: "She was a lovely mum and grandma. She was nurturing and she always put everyone else first.

"The smallest thing meant the world to mum, and she was always able to make the best of a bad situation.

"We will miss our mum so much, but she will always be in our hearts."

Image copyright GMP
Image caption Stephen Archer has been charged with murder and arson with intent to endanger life

Police believe Ms Archer was doused with petrol before being set alight.

A 19-year-old woman escaped uninjured from an upstairs window of the house during the fire, which also seriously damaged the building.

Mr Archer, of Victoria Street, Openshaw, is due to appear at Manchester Crown Court on Tuesday.

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