A HEARTBROKEN sister has paid tribute to a mum killed in a horrific blaze, as cops hunt her husband.
Valentina Cozma, aged 40, tragically lost her life to a fire in her Stoke-on-Trent home last week.
Firefighters were called to the horror blaze at around 3pm on February 9 on Campbell Road.
But paramedics said nothing could be done to save the woman who was found dead at the property.
A spokesperson for Staffordshire Police confirmed: "A post mortem provided a provisional cause of death, as inhalation of products of combustion."
In an emotional tribute, Valentina’s sister said: “Vali was the person I could talk to about anything. She offered me support whenever I needed it.
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"She always tried to keep the family together. Being an older sister, she made sure we didn't lack anything, even if she didn't have a thing.
"She went through a lot of hard times, yet she never gave up. I am appealing for help from anyone who has details that could help in solving this case”
Valentina's ex-husband, Georgian Constantin, aged 42, from Stoke-on-Trent is wanted in connection with her murder.
Stoke Commander, Chief Superintendent Colin Mattinson, said: “I know the local community are in shock that someone within their community has died in such awful circumstances. We know she was a quiet woman who was well liked among her neighbours having lived in the area for some years.
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“We take a firm stance against violence against women and domestic abuse. We are working around the clock to trace Constantin.
"But we also need your help – so my plea is to anyone who has information, no matter how insignificant it may seem – to get in touch. You could hold information that is key to our investigation.
“I am also appealing to Constantin himself, or anyone who may be harbouring him to get in touch. Running away is not the answer. Anyone found to be assisting an offender will be dealt with robustly as this is a serious crime.
“A teenage boy has lost his mother, we need to secure justice for him, Valentina, and her wider family. Please share our appeal and contact us if you know anything at all.”
Cops have urged anyone with information to come forward to help the murder investigation.
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