Man arrested on suspicion of murder after Christchurch fire death

A MAN has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a woman in her 80s died after a Christchurch fire.

Firefighters were sent to the scene, in King’s Avenue, at around 10.11am on Wednesday morning (September 13).

A man, in is 60s and who was known to the woman, remains in police custody.

A Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said on arrival, they found black smoke billowing from windows.

“(They) requested the attendance of a further two appliances – these came from Springbourne and Redhill Park respectively,” they said.

“The fire, which was located on the ground floor, was extinguished by four firefighters wearing breathing apparatus and two hose reel jets.”

Dorset Police said they received a report at 10.39am that a woman had been found unresponsive inside the address.

“Very sadly she was pronounced dead at the scene,” a spokesperson said.

“Her family has been informed.

“Officers are continuing to liaise with the fire service and a full investigation has been launched to establish the circumstances of the fire and the woman’s death.

“As part of these enquiries a man aged in his 60s, who was known to the woman, has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

“Our investigation remains ongoing and a cordon is in place at the address. There will continue to be an increased police presence in the vicinity and officers can be approached by anyone with information or concerns.”