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English family killed in Northern Ireland house fire - man (27) arrested on suspicion of murder

The scene of a fire which has claimed the lives of three people in the Molly Road area of Derrylin on 27th February 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
The scene of a fire which has claimed the lives of three people in the Molly Road area of Derrylin on 27th February 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
The scene of a fire which has claimed the lives of three people in the Molly Road area of Derrylin on 27th February 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
The scene of a fire which has claimed the lives of three people in the Molly Road area of Derrylin on 27th February 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
The scene of a fire which has claimed the lives of three people in the Molly Road area of Derrylin on 27th February 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
The scene of a fire which has claimed the lives of three people in the Molly Road area of Derrylin on 27th February 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

Detectives investigating a house fire which killed three people in Northern Ireland this morning have arrested a 27-year-old man on suspicion of murder.

The suspect was detained at the scene and transferred to hospital for treatment prior to his arrest.

Detective Superintendent Jason Murphy said: “At this time we believe the fire, which has claimed at least three lives, was started deliberately. We are continuing to thoroughly examine the scene along with our colleagues in the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service."

It is understood the people in the property had previously lived in the Republic of Ireland for a time before moving to Fermanagh, and were originally from England.

Sinn Fein councillor Barry Doherty said: "From local knowledge, we believe those who have died were generations of the one family."

He said a neighbour raised the alarm and had tried to break down the door with a sledgehammer.

Pictures of the scene show the roof of the house had been destroyed by the blaze, leaving a shell of the bungalow, which is surrounded by farm buildings and machinery, in its wake.

Fire engines and police cars have been coming and going from the scene for most of the day.

Officers were called to the address on Molly Road in the Doon area of Derrylin at around 7.20am.

The Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service said two appliances from Lisnaskea and one from Enniskillen attended the scene. 

DUP leader Arlene Foster has expressed shock of the news that a family has lost their lives in a house fire.

The Fermanagh and south Tyrone MLA said: "This is devastating news for the local community and there is widespread shock in the area.

"I understand that all those who have died are members of the same family.

"It is important that the cause of this fire is established but my thoughts and prayers are with all those in the local area, friends and the wider family circle as they come to terms with this terrible tragedy."

Sinn Fein MP Michelle Gildernew also offered her condolences.

The south Tyrone MP posted on Twitter: "Devastating news for the family concerned and the Derrylin community.

"This is absolutely tragic, God help them all."

Ulster Unionist MLA, Rosemary Barton said:  “This is a close knit community and there will be a huge sense of loss felt at the devastating news that three people have tragically lost their lives in this manner.

“I have no doubt the community will rally round to assist the bereaved who will be devastated.

“My thoughts and prayers are with the family and wider community.”

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