Family of four from South Yorkshire named as victims of suspected arson attack in Northern Ireland

The family of four who died in a suspected arson attack in Northern Ireland have been identified by local media.

Wednesday, 28th February 2018, 4:51 pm
Updated Wednesday, 28th February 2018, 5:00 pm
Scene of the blaze in Derrylin (Photo: PA).

16-year-old Edward Gossett, his sister Diane Gossett (19), their mother Crystal Gossett and Diane's young daughter, who is thought to be under two, are all thought to have perished in the blaze, which ripped through a bungalow in County Fermanagh in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

They moved to the remote village of Derrylin from the Republic of Ireland between 12 and 18 months ago, but are originally thought to come from Doncaster.

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A man, aged 27, who was detained at the scene and transferred to hospital for treatment, was being questioned on suspicion of murder.

After the alarm was raised shortly after 7am on Tuesday morning (February 27), neighbours tried in vain to rescue the family from the burning building.

Police today confirmed they believed the fire to have been started deliberately, but that it would take some time to formally confirm the identities of those who died.