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Man quizzed over fire scene deaths

A 21-year-old man is being questioned on suspicion of murder after the bodies of two of his relatives were found in a house fire.

A post-mortem examination showed Geraldine Allen, 56, died from multiple stab wounds while results are awaited on her mother, Maureen, 81, but they are expected to confirm a similar cause of death.

The man, who was arrested at the scene in Fulwood, near Preston, is the grandson of Maureen Allen and nephew of Geraldine Allen and was understood to be living with them.

Both victims were discovered by police in their semi-detached bungalow which was set alight.

The alarm was raised just before 2am on Monday by another relative of the two women who was concerned about a number of phone calls they had received.

Maureen Allen's son Tony and two female family members left flowers outside the bungalow, in a small cul-de-sac of eight bungalows in Longfield.

Speaking of his mother, Mr Allen said: "She was a beautiful person, a loving person. There was nobody that could fault her.

"Mother and daughter were inseparable. We can't understand why. It's a big question."

His mother had lived at the property for more than 25 years and her daughter, who acted as her carer, and her grandson were thought to have moved in recently.

Neighbours said Maureen Allen was in a wheelchair and could often be seen tending her garden in the leafy suburb.


From Belfast Telegraph