Triple house fire death in Heaton, Bolton, may have been murder-suicide, police say

The Bolton News: Fire damage at the house in Albert Road West, Heaton Fire damage at the house in Albert Road West, Heaton

A FATAL house fire in Heaton that left three people dead may have been a murder-suicide, detectives believe.

Police are investigating the possibility that one of the deceased started the fire with the intent of killing themselves or the other inhabitants.

A police spokesman said: “We cannot rule out that the fire was started to kill the people in the house.

“That is one line of inquiry we are pursuing at the moment.”

The blaze, at Albert Road West in the early hours of Monday morning, is believed to have killed an Iranian couple — named locally as Hassan and Mahnaz Rafie — and the woman's elderly mother.

It is understood that police are finding it hard to formally identify the victims given the severity of their burns, and may ultimately be forced to rely on dental records.


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5:58pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Lawlesschat says...

This is poor reporting to say the least, it is my understanding that the couple from the property have children.
This report is making a strong suggestion that one of the family members was responsible for what happened when the police are leaving that option open as a potential way of thinking.
If the police believe this MAY be a potential line of investigation then it should not have been reported in this way until facts are established. The police should have kept it in secret from public opinion and advertising.
Imagine the heartache this report will cause should it be found that it in fact it wasn't a murder or suicide attack and it was a house fire that was solely responsible.
In any case, I offer my deepest condolence to the family of the departed and may god rest their souls.
This is poor reporting to say the least, it is my understanding that the couple from the property have children. This report is making a strong suggestion that one of the family members was responsible for what happened when the police are leaving that option open as a potential way of thinking. If the police believe this MAY be a potential line of investigation then it should not have been reported in this way until facts are established. The police should have kept it in secret from public opinion and advertising. Imagine the heartache this report will cause should it be found that it in fact it wasn't a murder or suicide attack and it was a house fire that was solely responsible. In any case, I offer my deepest condolence to the family of the departed and may god rest their souls. Lawlesschat

6:40pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Count de Monet says...

The police have stated since yesterday lunchtime that they are NOT looking for anyone in connection with this tragic incident. The story containing this information has been reported exactly the same way in the Daily Express & Daily Mail. If the police hadn't released this information, local residents would have been worried sick that an arsonist was on the loose in the area.
The police have stated since yesterday lunchtime that they are NOT looking for anyone in connection with this tragic incident. The story containing this information has been reported exactly the same way in the Daily Express & Daily Mail. If the police hadn't released this information, local residents would have been worried sick that an arsonist was on the loose in the area. Count de Monet

9:03pm Wed 11 Dec 13

Facts234 says...

Count de Monet wrote:
The police have stated since yesterday lunchtime that they are NOT looking for anyone in connection with this tragic incident. The story containing this information has been reported exactly the same way in the Daily Express & Daily Mail. If the police hadn't released this information, local residents would have been worried sick that an arsonist was on the loose in the area.
Come on ... When has an arsonist ever burnt one house down and then moved on to another in the area ? Your reasoning is ridiculous
[quote][p][bold]Count de Monet[/bold] wrote: The police have stated since yesterday lunchtime that they are NOT looking for anyone in connection with this tragic incident. The story containing this information has been reported exactly the same way in the Daily Express & Daily Mail. If the police hadn't released this information, local residents would have been worried sick that an arsonist was on the loose in the area.[/p][/quote]Come on ... When has an arsonist ever burnt one house down and then moved on to another in the area ? Your reasoning is ridiculous Facts234

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