Belfast Telegraph

Memorial service to be held for victims of Derrylin house blaze

By Victoria Leonard

A memorial service for the four victims of the Derrylin house fire will take place tomorrow.

Three generations of the same family were killed in the blaze in Co Fermanagh.

Yesterday the Coroner confirmed the names of the victims - almost a month to the day since the horrific incident, which happened at a bungalow on the village's rural Molly Road on February 27.

While the Belfast Telegraph named the victims several weeks ago, their identities were only publicly confirmed yesterday.

Coroner Patrick McGurgan chaired an identification commission on Friday, which established that the victims were Denise Pauline Gossett (45), Sabrina Patricia Elizabeth Gossett (19), Roman Edward Lewis Gossett (16) and one-year-old Morgana Ulva Amira Quinn.

It is understood that Sabrina and Roman were Denise's children, while Morgana was Sabrina's daughter.

A memorial service for the family is due to take place at 2pm in Derrylin Parish Church tomorrow.

It is believed that family members from England may attend.

It is understood that the victims were originally from Doncaster in England and had lived in Tralee, Co Kerry, for about three years before moving to Derrylin around 18 months ago.

Daniel Allen (27), of Molly Road in Derrylin, is charged with four counts of murder and arson with intent to endanger life.

He was previously remanded in custody and appeared in court in Enniskillen again via video-link yesterday.

A spokesman for the Public Prosecution Service told the court that the police investigation was at "a very early stage".

The judge adjourned the case for one month for an update.

Commenting on the police investigation, PSNI Detective Inspector Peter McKenna said that "all forensic investigations have concluded" at the house.

He said: "The post-mortems have taken place and the coroner has established the identities of all of the victims of this tragic incident.

"Police have now informed the next of kin. All forensic investigations at the site have concluded."

Reverend Alastair Donaldson of Derrylin Parish Church said that tomorrow's memorial service would be "open to everybody" and that he hoped it could "help people come to terms" with the tragedy. "It will be a traditional service, during which prayers will be offered, and we hope it will help people come to terms with it and give the appropriate mark of respect," he said.

"It is a sensitive time and we are hoping to reach out to people with God's love. There is no better time to do that than Easter.

"There is some understanding that some of the deceased members would have been nominally Church of England.

"Fr Gerry Alwill from the nearby St Ninnidh's Church will also say a prayer. But it will not be a funeral service."

The landlord of the property which was destroyed, Tommy Fee, said he was still experiencing "flashbacks" of the night. Mr Fee and other neighbours attempted to save the occupants by breaking down a door and window with a sledgehammer, but were beaten back by smoke.

"People here have been affected by this, it will take a long time to get over," he said.

"It's hard to believe that it happened a month ago.

"There is very little information. I feel that there is a wall of silence and we have been left in limbo.

"I haven't been in touch with any of the family's relatives but I am hoping to go to the prayer vigil.

"After something like that happens it's extra pressure mentally. You just have to carry on. It's still very raw."

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