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Murder investigation launched after death of woman in Portadown house fire

Church Street Portadown

A murder investigation has been launched following the death of a woman in a house fire in Portadown this morning (Tuesday).

Police received a report of a house fire in the Church Street area of the town at around 2.15am.

Officers attended alongside colleagues from the Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service and the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service.

Detective Chief Inspector Rachel Wilson said: “Sadly, a 37-year-old woman was pronounced dead at the scene. We have now launched a murder investigation into the circumstances surrounding her death.

“A number of residents have been evacuated from their homes in the area due to the fire.

“Church Road is currently closed to motorists and pedestrians and we would ask that the public avoid the area at this time.

“Our investigation continues, and I am appealing to anyone with information, or who witnessed anything untoward, to please get in touch. Likewise, if you have captured dash cam footage, please contact officers on 101 quoting reference number 92 of 21/03/23.”

Alternatively, information can be provided to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at

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