Belfast Telegraph

Police in new appeal over Dungannon arson horror

By John Mulgrew

One week on from the fire deaths of a pensioner and her daughter police have revisited the scene of the arson attack.

Betty McGirr (71) and her 38-year-old daughter Deirdre died in a blaze at a flat in Dunlea Vale in Dungannon last Saturday. A third person, Deirdre’s 36-year-old Portuguese boyfriend Jose, escaped without injury and is not suspected of involvement with the blaze.

Police said they were mounting checkpoints and interviewing residents in the area in an attempt to garner more information regarding the fire, which was started deliberately.

They said they wanted to speak to anyone in the Dunlea Vale and Dunavon areas who had their wheelie bins “interfered with or set on fire in the past two years”.

Detective Chief Inspector Richard Harkness said while detectives were keeping an open mind, they believed the fire had been started deliberately.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dungannon police station on 028 8775 0559. Or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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