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Fatal Fire Update – UK

Suspect Questioned

THE TRAGIC FIRE IN LANCASHIRE, ENGLAND, this past weekend that killed four siblings has been determined to be an arson.  (See the Firegeezer report from Sunday HERE.)  The fire began in a closet in one of the attic bedrooms where all four victims were sleeping.  There was very little fire damage, but heavy smoke generated from the small fire.  The coroner has reported that all four victims died from smoke inhalation.

This Wednesday the police arrested Dyson Allen, 18, on suspicion of murder and held him for questioning.  He was released on bail today and is now at an undisclosed location out of the county while waiting to be recalled for further questioning.  He is believed to be a friend of Reece Smith, 19, who was one of the fire fatalities.

This earlier candid photo of Dyson Allen
was released to the press.

The house had four smoke detectors installed, but none of them were working Saturday night at the time of the fire.  Four-year-old twin girls and a 2-yr.-old boy also perished.  The Daily Mail adds:

(Detective Chief Inspector Neil) Esseen added: 'Obviously, given that we now have a man under arrest, I cannot go into details about certain aspects of the investigation.

'However, what I would say is that we are at the very early stages of a major investigation and are following a number of different lines of inquiry. At this stage it is still unclear as to what happened in the lead-up to the fire starting.

'I would renew our appeal for anyone with information that could assist our inquiry to come forward. This is a tragic incident and our thoughts remain with the family at such a difficult time.'

The officer would not be drawn on whether the suspect in custody was a guest at the party held at the house on Saturday night.

 ITN has posted DCI Esseen's press statement:

 

The Daily Mail has more details and an extensive photo display in their updated report HERE.

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