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Man Arrested Following House Fire In Co Fermanagh

Man Arrested Following House Fire In Co Fermanagh

A MAN has been arrested on suspicion of murder after three people died in a house fire in Co Fermanagh.

"My thoughts and prayers are, of course, with the family; with the community out there in Derrylin who I am sure will rally around at this very hard time".

There were local reports of a "loud bang" being heard in the area of the fire around 6am on Tuesday.

Neighbours used a sledgehammer to try to smash their way into a burning house and save a family trapped inside, it has been revealed.

"Sadly we can confirm that three people have lost their lives in this fire", Detective Superintendent Jason Murphy said.

Det Supt Murphy appealed to anyone who was in or travelling through Derrylin prior to 7.10am to contact the PSNI.

Emergency services were to the blaze at a detached bungalow at Doon Road, Derrylin shortly after 7am.

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

COPS have arrested a man after at least three people died in a house fire in Fermanagh this morning.

Members of the PSNI placed a patrol auto across the long driveway and fire vehicles were travelling between the property and Derrylin to be refilled with water from a stand pipe on the Enniskillen road.

The victims were members of one family and had recently moved to the area from the Republic of Ireland, according to a local priest.

A spokeswoman for the fire service said: "The thoughts of NIFRS are with the family, friends and local community at this time".

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

UUP Fermanagh & South Tyrone MLA Rosemary Barton said: "This is a close knit community and there will be a huge sense of loss felt within the community, but particularly to the family concerned".

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