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Murder investigation after death of woman following Derry car fire

Murder investigation after death of woman following Derry car fire

By Rebecca Black, PA

A murder investigation has been launched following the death of a woman after a car fire in Co Derry in Northern Ireland.

The blaze took place outside a house in the Quarry Road area of Knockloughrim in the early hours of Tuesday.

The woman was aged in her 50s.

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Detective Chief Inspector John Caldwell said a 59-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

β€œAt around 5.40am this morning police received a report of a car on fire outside a house on the road,” he said.

β€œPolice and the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service attended the scene and a woman, aged in her 50s, who was in the car was taken to hospital for treatment.

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β€œSadly, despite the best efforts of hospital staff, she succumbed to her injuries and died in hospital this evening.

β€œA 59-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder. He has also been taken to hospital for treatment for burn injuries.

β€œMy investigation is at a very early stage and I would appeal to anyone who was on the Quarry Road early this morning and who witnessed anything to contact detectives on 101 quoting reference 227 12/10/21.”

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