Berkshire

Woman dies in 'suspicious' house fire in Maidenhead

A person who died in a house fire in Berkshire is thought to have been a woman in her 20s who was a visitor.

Firefighters were called to the house in Moor Lane, North Town, Maidenhead, in the very early hours.

A number of people escaped from the building, which was badly damaged. Police are treating the fire as suspicious and are stepping up patrols in the area.

The victim has yet to be formally identified but her family was informed.

A post-mortem examination is due to take place over the weekend.

'Inappropriate to speculate'

Forensic teams have so far been prevented from examining the cause of the fire, as the building is unstable.

Det Supt Karen Trego, of Thames Valley Police, said: "Until the property has been stabilised and we are able to carry out a forensic examination inside, it would be inappropriate to speculate on the cause of the fire and whether it was started maliciously.

"However, I can confirm that we are treating the incident as suspicious and are appealing for anyone with any information, no matter how insignificant it may seem, to come forward as soon as possible.

"At this stage we do not have any descriptions of suspects and are keen to hear from anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area, particularly around 12.30am."

Five engines attended the incident and the flames were extinguished by 0344 BST.

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