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Teenagers charged over fire death.

Summary: Three teenagers have been charged with manslaughter over the death of a mother-of-nine after a firework was pushed through her letterbox.

Three teenagers have been charged with manslaughter over the house fire death of a mother-of-nine in Cornwall after a firework was pushed through her letterbox.

Mary Fox, 59, was trapped in the bedroom of her home in Bodmin after reportedly pushing her 17-year-old son Raum to safety through an upstairs window after the fire broke out last Thursday evening.

An 18-year-old man and two 17-year-old men, who all live locally, have been charged with manslaughter and are due to appear at Bodmin Magistrates Court.

The remnants of a firework were found behind the front door of Mrs Fox's house in Wallace Road.

After leaping from the three-storey house, Raum ran to alert neighbours that his mother was still trapped inside. Firefighters found her dead in the same room from which her son had escaped.

Mrs Fox had eight other children aged between 20 and their mid-30s.

In an earlier statement, her family said: "Our mum devoted her life to us her nine children and went without herself to provide the best that she could for us. She never did anything to hurt anyone and never would. She would give her last penny to help those in less fortunate circumstances than herself."

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