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Fire at home of elderly lady in Garvagh being treated as suspicious

The scene of destruction after the blaze. (All photos: Kevin McAuley/McAuley Multimedia)

AN investigation is underway this evening after a fire broke out overnight at an elderly woman's house in the Brone Park area of Garvagh.

The fire was only reported to police shortly after 9am on Sunday morning, 30 January, due to the property being in a remote location.

The woman resident, understood to be aged in her 90’s, was not at home at the time.

Commenting on the blaze, a spokesperson for the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) said:

”There were no reports of any injuries as a result of the fire which is being treated as suspicious at this time.

Anyone with any information about this incident or who may be able to help with the investigation, is asked to call officers in Limavady on the non-emergency

number 101 quoting reference number 683 30/01/22, or submit a report online

using the non-emergency reporting form via

"You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online

Councillor Helena Dallat O'Driscoll from Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council said:

"I would like to express my concern following a fire in the Brone Park area of rural Garvagh that has destroyed the property of an elderly woman.

“Of course, I am very relieved that the owner of this property was not present at the time of the fire but my sympathies are with her as the loss of her property will no doubt be deeply distressing.

"The fact that the PSNI has now confirmed they are treating this as suspicious it is very worrying and will come as a shock to those in the local community. I would encourage anyone with information about this incident to come forward and assist the PSNI with their enquiries.

"I have also been in contact with the NI Fire and Rescue Service and would like to thank them for their response in dealing with the incident."


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