Wednesday 18 October 2017

Teen found on fire in street dies

Laurence Dodds

A teenager is dead after being found on fire in the street in south-west London.

Police, medics and firefighters were called at 1.10am to reports of a burning woman on the level crossing near a Tesco branch at West Barnes Lane in New Malden.

They managed to extinguish the fire but the woman, believed to be around 18 years old, was pronounced dead at the scene.

A spokeswoman for the London Fire Brigade said the woman had suffered burns on every part of her body.

Nearby Burlington Road and neighbouring streets were sealed off by police and remained closed at midday.

Officers believe they know the identity of the deceased and have informed next of kin but no formal identification has taken place.

Her death is being treated as unexplained pending an investigation by officers from Merton Borough and the London Fire Brigade.

Scotland Yard said it believed the fire started in a nearby house in Linkway.

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