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Girl (12) stable in hospital following fatal Portadown fire which claimed mum’s life

House fire in Church Street Portadown

A 12-year-old girl, who was rescued from a house fire in Portadown which claimed the life of her mother, is in a stable condition in hospital.

A murder investigation was launched on Tuesday following the blaze which claimed the life of a 37-year-old woman in the early hours of the same day.

A 25-year-old man has been arrested and is currently being quizzed by detectives at Musgrave Serious Crime suite.

Upper Bann MP Carla Lockhart said the Portadown community are in a state of shock at the horrific news which broke on Tuesday morning.

The DUP representative also wished the 12-year-old girl in hospital a speedy recovery and praised the emergency services and PSNI for their swift actions in relation to this tragedy.

“This is a tragic loss of life. A young woman, only 37, no longer with us,” she said.

“My deepest sympathies go to her family who will be in such a state of shock at this sudden and heart-breaking loss.

“We also remember the 12-year-old girl who is now in a stable condition and wish her well as she recovers.

“Focus is now very much on the investigation into what happened that led to the loss of life, and I would commend the PSNI for the swiftness of their response. It is important for the community of Portadown, who are in shock at what has happened here, that anyone involved in this is brought to justice as soon as possible. I would ask anyone with information that can help the PSNI in their enquiries to bring this to the police directly, or via Crimestoppers.

“Finally, my thanks go to the emergency services who attended the scene. As always we owe a great debt to those who serve our community in these roles and they are to be commended for their efforts in Portadown in response to this tragedy.”

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