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Westcliff flat fire: Man held after pregnant woman dies

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Image caption Floral tributes have been left at the scene of the fatal fire in Westcliff-on-Sea

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a pregnant woman died following a tower block fire in Essex.

Khabi Abrey, 30, of Southend, was one of seven people taken to hospital after the fire on the ninth floor of the Balmoral Road flats in Westcliff-on-Sea on Saturday.

Ms Abrey and her unborn baby died in hospital on Monday night.

A 47-year-old man from Westcliff has been arrested and is being questioned at Rayleigh police station.

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Image caption The fire happened on the ninth floor of the block of flats

A post mortem examination has given the cause of Mrs Abrey's death as complications arising following the inhalation of fire fumes.

Her unborn baby died of cardiac arrest due to Mrs Abrey's inhalation of fire fumes.

Essex Police have appealed for witnesses to the suspected arson attack come forward.

The fire is being treated as suspicious.

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