Eastenders and On the Buses star Anna Karen killed in house fire in Ilford

Eastenders and On the Buses star Anna Karen has sadly been killed in a house fire in Essex.

London Fire Brigade attended the fire in Windsor Road in Ilford, Essex, at around 10.40pm on Tuesday evening (February 22).

Sadly, actress Anna Karen was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Part of the ground floor of the mid-terrace house was also damaged by fire, but fire crews managed to extinguish the flames within an hour.

The 85-year-old was best known for her role as Olive in 70s comedy On The Buses.

She also appeared in EastEnders as Aunt Sal, the sister of Peggy Mitchell, played by Barbara Windsor.

Since the news of Anna’s tragic death has emerged, tributes have been pouring in, the Mirror says.

Confirming the tragic news, Anna’s family friend told Mail Online: “We are absolutely horrified at the news about Anna.”

A spokesperson for London Fire Brigade said: “Sadly, a woman has died following a house fire on Windsor Road in Ilford.

Part of the ground floor of a mid-terrace house was damaged by fire. Sadly a woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

(Image: Tim Merry)

“The Brigade was called at 10.40pm and the fire was under control by 11.38pm. Three fire engines and around 20 firefighters from Ilford and Barking fire stations attended the incident.

“The cause of the fire is under investigation.”

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