Woman burns to death outside south-west London school

Patrick Grafton-Green, Isobel Frodsham
Fire death: Queen's Road in Richmond was closed by police: @Jim_Buckle/Twitter

A woman has burnt to death outside a school in south west London.

Fire crews rushed to Queens Road in Richmond on Monday afternoon where the woman was found engulfed in a fireball.

She was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after.

Police are investigating amid claims she may have set herself alight.

The incident happened at about 1pm outside Christ’s Sixth Form College in the Richmond Park area but is not connected to the school.

Witness Guy Lloyd said: “I saw a person on the floor in flames and people putting the flames out as I went past.

“I thought it was a man— I didn’t know it was a woman — they were very badly burnt.”

Queens Road was closed and buses diverted as police and forensic teams moved in.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: “Officers, London Ambulance Service and London Fire Brigade attended the scene. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene at 1.41pm.

“Enquiries into the circumstances are ongoing - at this early stage the death is being treated as unexplained.”