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Relative of fire tragedy family only heard about their deaths from media

 

By Victoria Leonard

A relative of four people killed in a house fire in a border village has said she only learned of their deaths after being contacted by the Belfast Telegraph.

The family member told of her shock at the deaths as the true names of the victims emerged.

Three generations of the same family are understood to have been killed in the early morning fire in Derrylin, Co Fermanagh, last Tuesday.

The landlord of the property where the fire occurred, Tommy Fee, had previously identified the tenants as Edward Gosset (16), his sister Diane Gosset (19), their mother Crystal Gosset and Diane's toddler daughter.

It is understood the family used several names, including the surname 'Quinn'. They also spelled their surname 'Goss'et'.

However, the relative has told this newspaper that the true names of those who died were teenagers Roman and Sabrina Gosset, their mother Denise 'Dee' Gosset, and Sabrina's toddler Morgana.

The relative, who lives in Great Britain, also said she had not been directly informed of her family members' deaths by police. Instead, she learned of the tragedy through the Belfast Telegraph, a week after the horrific blaze.

She said that she had last been in touch with Denise and her daughter Sabrina at Christmas, but said that the Derrylin residents had then "suddenly gone quiet".

She also described Denise as a "wonderful mother" who "loved her children".

The PSNI has yet to release the names of those who passed away.

A spokesperson said yesterday: "Formal identification has not yet taken place, so we can't confirm names.

"Legally, we have to wait on official ID from the Coroner."

When asked why some family members had not been informed about the deaths, Detective Inspector Peter McKenna said: "Police continue to work with HM Coroner to definitively establish the identities of all of the victims of this tragic incident.

"The process is long and complex, and this sadly makes the task of locating and informing next of kin all the more difficult. Relatives were informed as quickly as possible."

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

Yesterday, landlord Mr Fee said that forensic teams were still working in the ruins of the house, and that he could "never build another house on the same site".

"I have been told that the forensics will be there until the weekend," he added.

"I haven't spoken to the family's relatives, and the investigation seems to be shrouded in mystery.

"At the moment, the house is completely surrounded with a blue canvas.

"They have had to take down the chimney of the house because it was unstable, and I haven't been able to get back onto the site yet.

"But I could never build another house on the same site after what's happened."

Mr Fee was among a group of neighbours who had attempted to save those inside the house from the fire by breaking down a door and window with a sledgehammer, but they were "beaten back by big balls of black smoke".

He said that he and others in the community were still traumatised by what had happened.

"I'm just getting through it, I'm kind of disappointed in myself when I look back and think maybe I should have done something more," he added.

"There are people along this lane who are traumatised. There are two girls who can't sleep at all. An awful lot of people have been affected."

Daniel Sebastian Allen (27), whose address was given as Molly Road in Derrylin, has been charged with the four murders, criminal damage and arson with intent to endanger life.

He appeared at Enniskillen Magistrates' Court on Monday, and was remanded in custody to appear again on March 26.

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