Northern Ireland

Police revisit scene of fatal fire in Dungannon

Elizabeth McGirr and her daughter Deirdre
Image caption Elizabeth McGirr and her daughter, Deirdre, died in a fire at Dunlea Vale last Saturday

Police investigating the deaths of a mother and daughter who were killed in a fire in County Tyrone have revisited the scene one week on from the tragedy.

Elizabeth McGirr, 71, and her 38-year-old daughter, Deirdre, died in a blaze at a flat in Dunlea Vale in Dungannon on Saturday, 14 April.

Detectives have said they believe the fire was started deliberately.

Officers set up vehicle checkpoints and spoke to local people in an attempt to gather information.

Elizabeth McGirr, who is known as Betty, was visiting her daughter's flat when the fire broke out at about 22:00 BST.

Deirdre McGirr's 36-year-old boyfriend escaped from the fire and is not suspected of involvement.

Bins

The officer in charge of the investigation, Detective Chief Inspector Richard Harkness, said: "We need to hear from anyone who noticed any kind of activity around the flats on Saturday evening, whether this was people gathered in the area, people calling to the flats or vehicles around the area.

"We also want to talk to anyone who spoke to either Betty or Deirdre last Saturday, 14 April.

"In addition, we would like to talk to anyone in Dunlea Vale and Dunavon areas who has had their wheelie bins interfered with or set on fire in the past two years.

"That is why we will be back at the scene on Saturday evening, mounting vehicle checkpoints and talking to local people to make sure we collect every possible piece of information in this case."

Anyone with information about the fire is asked to contact the special incident room at Dungannon police station on 028 8775 0559, or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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