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Woman arrested over fatal Carryduff house fire

Forensics at the scene where a 91-year-old man died in an overnight fire at his neighbour's house which spread to the pensioner's property

Forensics at the scene where a 91-year-old man died in an overnight fire at his neighbour's house which spread to the pensioner's property

Detectives investigating a fatal house fire have arrested a woman on suspicion of manslaughter.

Police were initially treating the blaze in Carryduff in which 91-year-old Samuel Carson died as accidental but now believe it was arson.

The 57-year-old suspect was arrested in North Down.

The fire service said the blaze took hold in a neighbouring garage before spreading to two nearby oil tanks. The tanks ruptured, sending burning oil flowing down towards the back of Mr Carson’s bungalow in Hillsborough Road.

Firefighters managed to rescue the pensioner from his burning home but efforts to revive him failed and he was declared dead at the scene.

PSNI Detective Chief Inspector Justyn Galloway announced the new development in the investigation.

“Detectives investigating the circumstances of the fire have come into possession of new information which has led to the arrest of a 57-year-old woman on suspicion of manslaughter,” he said.

“She was detained at a police station in North Down yesterday and remains in custody assisting police with their inquiries.”

 

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