A great-grandmother who died when she leapt out of a window after an alleged arson attack on her home in broad daylight has been pictured for the first time.
Peggy Wright, 83, suffered serious injuries after she plummeted 20ft to escape the flames.
Police believe a firebomb was shoved through the letterbox of her home in Lapworth Grove, Balsall Heath, Birmingham, at around 9am on Sunday.
Ms Wright was heard “screaming for her dear life” before leaping out of the window while her son Andrew, 52, was rescued by firefighters.
He was taken to hospital with serious burns and is now in a stable condition.
In a tribute to Ms Wright, her family said in a statement: “Peggy was a much-loved and respected member of her local community over a period of many years.
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“A mother, sister, grandmother and great-grandmother, she was devoted to her family but always had time to show compassion and understanding to others.
“Her loss following the sudden and devastating events of the weekend has left her loved ones and many friends beyond grief, in a state of bewilderment and has created a void in her family that can never be filled.
“The family would like to express sincere thanks and appreciation for the many good wishes and messages of support, but would respectfully request some privacy at this sad and most difficult time.”
A 46-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder has since been detained under the mental health act following an assessment by experts.
Witnesses say they heard the elderly woman in distress as the property became engulfed in flames.
One neighbour said: “I was hanging the washing out and thought someone’s TV was on because I could hear a commotion and shouting.
“It sounded like someone was screaming for dear life. When I heard sirens and saw smoke coming from the house I knew something awful had happened.
“I didn’t know the woman who lived at the house but another neighbour said they believed a man lived there with his old mum.
“It’s appalling to think that someone has tried to burn them to death in their own home. What kind of a person would do that?”
If you have any information in relation to the incident, call police on 101 and quote quote log number 954 of 18/04/21.
To remain anonymous call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.