Murder arrest following house fire death

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A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder following a house fire in which a body was found.

The 57-year-old was arrested following the blaze in St Leger Court, Great Linford at 7.58am last night. He currently remains in custody.

Thames Valley Police and firefighters from Great Holm and Broughton were called to the fire at the terraced flat.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used two jets to put out the fire, but the deceased’s body was found inside.

The first floor and second mezzanine floor were severely damaged by fire, and adjacent properties were evacuated.

Police are likely to remain at the scene throughout the week with the scene cordoned off for several days so a full forensic examination can take place and an identification can be made.

Senior Investigating Officer Gill Wootton said: “We have launched a full inquiry into this incident and are working closely with Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service to establish how the fire started.

“The body remains inside the property and it is likely the examination of the scene will take some time to complete due to the extent of the fire.

“We have arrested a 58-year-old local man on suspicion of murder and he remains in custody at this time for questioning.”

Local Policing Area Commander Superintendent Barry Halliday said: “This is a serious incident which I recognise will cause concern in the local community.

“Our enquiries are continuing and it is likely there will be police activity in the local area over the next few days.

“I would like to reassure residents that the incident is being fully investigated and anyone with concerns or questions can raise these with local neighbourhood policing officers, who will be carrying out extra patrols of the area.”

Police refused to identify if the victim was a man or a woman.