A murder hunt is under way after a devoted mother of nine died saving her son from a house fire started by a firework pushed through her letterbox.
Mary Fox (59), was trapped in her bedroom after reportedly pushing her 17-year-old son Raum to safety through an upstairs |window.
Officers are investigating claims that Raum, who has learning difficulties, was being bullied at school and the family had been targeted by youths who had been throwing fireworks in the street.
Police said they had launched a murder investigation after the remnants of a firework were found behind the front door of Mrs Fox's house in Carpenter Court, Bodmin, in Cornwall.
Last night, Mrs Fox's family paid tribute to their “loving and caring” mother who devoted her life to her children and “would give her last penny” to help people in need.
A team of officers conducted house-to-house enquiries over |the weekend and collected the |remains of fireworks found in the street for potential evidence.
After leaping from the three-storey house Raum ran to alert neighbours that his mother was still trapped inside.
He was taken to Treliske Hospital where he was treated for smoke inhalation and he was being looked after by his eight brothers and sisters.
Firefighters arrived within minutes of a 999 call at around 7.15pm on Thursday. They found Mrs Fox dead in the same room from where her son escaped.
Speaking at a press conference at Bodmin police station on Saturday, Superintendent Martin Orpe warned the people responsible that police would find them.
“I am appealing to those people involved to do the decent thing and come forward,” he said.