Tyne & Wear

Fatal Birtley fire: Victim named as Christine Markham, 54

Fire scene
Image caption Police are trying to piece together what happened in the hours leading up to Ms Markham's death

A woman whose death in a fire is being treated as murder has been named.

The body of Christine Markham was found in a burning house on Robsons Way, Birtley, Gateshead, in the early hours of 1 February.

A 61-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder and has now been released under investigation.

Northumbria Police said 53-year-old Ms Markham's family were being supported by officers at this "very difficult" time.

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