BBC Eastenders star Anna Karen dies in house fire as soap pays tribute

Anna Karen has died in a home fire in east London at the age of 85.

The British-South African actress was greatest known for her function as Olive in A single the Buses and as Aunt Sal in Eastenders, the sister of Eastenders legend Peggy Mitchell played by Barbara Windsor.

Firefighters had been on the scene soon after 10.30pm on Tuesday night time.

London Fire Brigade issue statement

A London Hearth Brigade spokesperson stated: “Sadly, a female has died adhering to a house fireplace on Windsor Street in Ilford.

“Part of the floor flooring of a mid-terrace household was damaged by fire. Regrettably a woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

“The Brigade was known as at 11.40pm and the fireplace was less than regulate by 11.38pm. A few fire engines and close to 20 firefighters from Ilford and Barking fireplace stations attended the incident. The cause of the hearth is below investigation.”

Eastenders pay back tribute to Anna Karen

An Eastenders spokeswoman said: “We are deeply saddened to listen to that Anna Karen has passed absent. 

“Anna established a sharp, fast witted and really popular character in Aunt Sal that the audience will never ever ignore, just as those people who worked with her at EastEnders will in no way overlook her warmth, kindness fun and superior humour. 

“Our really like and feelings are with Anna’s spouse and children and close friends.”

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