Wednesday 15 August 2018

Man (27) arrested after three die in house fire in Northern Ireland village

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)
Emergency services at a house in Derrylin, Fermanagh where three people have died in a fire and police have arrested a man at the scene. Brian Lawless/PA Wire
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A man (27) has been arrested after three people died in a house fire in Co Fermanagh.

Police were called to an address in the Molly Road area of Derrylin at around 7.20am this morning.

Detective Superintendent Jason Murphy said the cause of the blaze was being investigated.

He said: "Sadly we can confirm that three people have lost their lives in this fire.

"Emergency services remain at the scene and are carrying out an extensive examination of the property to establish the cause of the blaze and determine if any other persons have been involved."

The Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) said its officers took an emergency call about the fire at 7.14am.

"The thoughts of NIFRS are with the family, friends and local community at this time," a spokesman said.

The blaze occurred at a detached bungalow in Doon Road in Derrylin, Co Fermanagh, not far from the border.

It was described as well-developed when firefighters from Lisnaskea and Enniskillen arrived.

Arlene Foster, Democratic Unionist leader and MLA for Fermanagh-South Tyrone, said: "Horrific news coming from Derrylin, County Fermanagh, this morning. My thoughts and prayers are with the family and local community."

Michelle Gildernew, Sinn Fein MP for the area, also offered her condolences.

"Devastating news for the family concerned and the Derrylin community. This is absolutely tragic, God help them all," she said.

Mrs Foster said those who died were members of the same family.

"This is devastating news for the local community and there is widespread shock in the area."

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

Police tape sealed off the entrance to Molly Road, a rural lane just off the Doon Road scenic route.

It is understood the house affected is the only one in Molly Road, where there are also a number of farm buildings, surrounded by fields.

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

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."

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