A 71-year-old pensioner died in what police described as a 'deliberate' house fire
Catherine Kelly, 71, was fatally -injured in the fire in Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, despite the efforts of passing motorists, neighbours, emergency services, and her son.
Murder squad detectives were last night waiting by the hospital bed of 41-year-old William Kelly, who was seriously injured in the fire.
Locals reported the council property in flames shortly after 11.30pm on Saturday.
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William and his partner Eleanor, also 41, arrived at the scene in a taxi. Mr Kelly is believed to have been burned in a rescue attempt and both were taken to nearby Crosshouse Hospital. He was detained with serious injuries.
Neighbours said Mrs Kelly lived in nearby Crosshouse but often stayed with her son over the weekend.
Anna Wiseman, 26, said: “There were orange flames and thick black smoke coming out of the living room and I think a bedroom. I heard the lassie’s screams as she was taken out by somebody beside her. It was a terrible thing to see.”
Following a joint Police Scotland and Scottish Fire and Rescue Service probe, the death of the OAP was declared a murder investigation.
A fire was reported by locals near midnight on Saturday
Police are following a definite line of inquiry and a report will be sent to the procurator fiscal.
I heard the lassie’s screams as she was taken out by somebody beside her. It was a terrible thing to see
Detective Chief Inspector Allan Burton, of Police Scotland, said: “Following a joint investigation with our colleagues at the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, we now know this was a targeted and deliberate act.
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“Local residents are understandably shocked and I would like to acknowledge the bravery of those neighbours and passing motorists who raised the alarm and attempted to do what they could to extinguish the blaze.
“I want to reassure local residents that all is being done to trace the person or persons responsible.”
A murder investigation was launched into the death of the OAP
He appealed for anyone with information to contact police.
Meanwhile, detectives in Edinburgh have arrested a man following the death of a woman in a Capital flat on Saturday.
Officers were called to the flat in the Chesser area and Hannah Dorans, 21, of Dalkeith, Midlothian, was declared dead at the scene.
The dead woman’s family yesterday released a statement saying they are “devastated” and described Ms Dorans as a “much-loved daughter, sister and auntie”.
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Firefighters try to extinguish the flames during a fire at an asylum seekers accomodation in Bad Homburg, Germany
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Police were last night scouring CCTV and making door-to-door inquiries following the incident, which is believed to be related to a local feud. Detective Inspector Grant Durie appealed for witnesses and said officers were stepping up patrols to reassure the public.
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