A 45-year-old Surbiton woman has been named by police as the victim of a flat fire last month.

Edith Fuller, of Glenbuck Road, Surbiton, was found dead following a blaze at a flat in Bedford House, Onslow Street, Guildford, on March 19.

A neighbour and friend of Miss Fuller, who did not want to be named, said she had learning difficulties and had three children, two teenagers and one who was slightly younger.

She said: “She was a really nice person once you got to know her. She had fallen out with some people round here but she had a great heart and she was very well meaning.

“She was really fed up with living round here. She didn’t get on with the people in the block and I think she wanted to move closer to her friends. I think she was just fed up.”

The mother-of-three posted an advert on the Gumtree website just two days before her death stating she was looking for a three-bed house in Guildford or Godalming and proposed a swap for her two-bed Surbiton flat.

A second neighbour who lived opposite Miss Fuller said she barely spoke to her.

She said: “She kept herself to herself and seemed quite quiet.”

A 57-year-old man, named as Mark Essex, was injured in the incident and taken to a specialist burns unit with serious injuries after emergency services were called to the scene following reports of an explosion.

Police said he was now being treated at a rehabilitation unit in Essex where his condition was improving.