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Foul play ruled out in Newry fatal blaze

BY CHRIS KILPATRICK

The PSNI have said there is no evidence to suggest the death of a woman in a house fire was anything other than a tragic accident.

Police yesterday confirmed the victim of the blaze in Newry was a 38-year-old woman from Birmingham in England.

Tests were carried out on the victim's body yesterday in an attempt to establish what caused her death. Afterwards, police said their inquiry is now concentrated on how the fire started in George's Lane in the centre of the city.

A PSNI spokesman said: "The investigation is ongoing but foul play is no longer suspected and there is no evidence to suggest at this stage that the death was anything other than a tragic accident.

"The victim is not from the local area and police continue to liaise with her family in England."

Police yesterday appealed to two men who raised the alarm when they saw the property was ablaze. They urged anybody with information which could help the investigation to contact officers.

"At around 11pm, two males walked down Mill Street," a police spokesman said.

"The males observed the fire and raised the alarm. Police are keen to speak to these males and are asking them to contact detectives in Newry on 0845 600 8000."

Police and Fire Service officers arrived at the scene shortly after 11pm on Saturday and found the woman's body inside the house.

The area was cordoned off on Sunday as forensic officers investigated the scene while detectives carried out door-to-door inquiries.

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