On The Buses Star Anna Karen Killed Painfully in Fire
We are deeply saddened to announce that a great actor, well known for starring in EastEnders and On the Buses star Anna Karen was killed in a fire last night (February 22, 2022) at the age of 85.
May the angel rest in peace. 🕊
The 70s actress, who came to fame for her role as Olive in the TV sitcom Olive in On the Buses based around the number 11 bus, lost her life in the blaze at her home in Ilford, east London, according to first reports.
Three fire engines and around 20 firefighters rushed to the blaze in Ilford, London, at 10.20 pm last night, however, despite their best efforts, Anna was pronounced dead at the scene.
Based on official sources, the crew got the fire on the ground floor of a terraced house under control in less than an hour but Anna Karen had been killed in fire by then.
Sivalai Pavananthakumar, 33, explained that neighbors raised the alarm after smoke was seen pluming from her front door. He told reporters, “There was a lot of smoke, and flames, people in the street had seen what was happening and came out to try and help.
He added: “The fire brigade and police were here quickly and kicked down the door, there was so much smoke. I recognized her and would see her every day when I took my children to school, she was a nice old lady and always said hello.”
Another neighbor continued, “I knew her from Eastenders, it was like having a celebrity living in the street, she was a lovely old lady and always spoke to everyone.”
A third witness stated, “She was an icon when she was On The Buses, everyone would have recognized her, but not so much as she got older.”
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What’s Anna Karen’s House Fire Cause?
London Fire Brigade is now probing the cause of the blaze, which damaged the ground floor of the mid-terrace property. The fire was under control by 11.38 pm, the force added.
Police confirmed the body of a woman was found with formal identification still to come. The cause of the fire is under investigation, though early indications suggest it is not suspicious.
The British-South African actress was On the Bus‘s last surviving cast member after it ran for seven series from 1969 to 1973.
Anna – who was married to actor Terry Duggan before his death in 2008 – was best known for her role as Olive in On the Buses, featuring in all 74 episodes of the hit sitcom.
Anna became close friends with legendary actress Barbara Windsor after the pair both featured in the hit classic Carry On Camping in 1969. The pair reunited in 1996 when they both had recurring roles in EastEnders.
Karen played Aunt Sal, the sister of Windsor’s Peggy Mitchell, who would appear for one or two episodes at a time. Windsor passed away on 10 December 2020 aged 83.
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Anna Karen Killed in Fire, It Burned Hearts of Fans
Celebrities’ death news always break many hearts; however, fans remember memories, and their idols are alive in their mind even after death.
Here we collected some of Anna Karen’s friends, fans, and loved ones’ reactions to the news, including the heart-touching tributes they posted on social media.
Someone said, “RIP Anna Karen – actress, model and exotic dancer, and Olive from ‘On The Buses’. Had to leave South Africa at 17 years old (due to not being racist) and moved to London on her own. Seventeen. Different times.”
Another wrote,” Awww… That hurts. My nickname in the family was “Olive” because I was a bit of a nerd. This is awful. RIP Anna Karen. On the Buses and EastEnders star Anna Karen dies in house fire.”
A fan said, “RIP ANNA, I LOVED #ONTHEBUSES Not get away with that humour now, Anna played a great character still watch it today Anna Karen dead: EastEnders & On The Buses star dies aged 85 in house fire after years as Olive on much-loved sitcom.”
Another penned, “So sad to hear the news of the wonderful actresses Anna Karen. You brought us years of laughter, and left us with tears. RIP Anna.”
Also a user tweeted, “Another sad loss to the world of classic British television! Anna Karen who most famously played Olive in On The Buses has died aged 85 in a house fire. I was honoured to meet her in 2018, such a lovely lady who was happy to chat with fans. RIP Anna.”
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