The body of a baby has been found following a house fire in Derrylin, bringing the death toll following Tuesday morning’s blaze to four.

In a statement this afternoon, Detective Inspector Peter McKenna said: “It is with great sadness that I can now confirm that a fourth body has been found within the crime scene and that it appears to be the body of a young child. 
“Post mortem examinations will take place in order to positively identify the victims involved in this appalling incident. 
“I believe the fire was started deliberately and we are working hard to progress the investigation into this very complex crime scene.

“There is significant structural damage caused by the ferocious fire and the scene examination is further compounded by the severe weather.
“I would like to thank the public for their assistance so far and would appeal for anyone who knew of or has any knowledge of the residents of 57 Molly Road Doon, Derrylin to make contact with police.

“I would also like to hear from anyone who was in the area of Molly Road between the hours of midnight on Monday through to 7.20am on Tuesday morning. Please contact detectives in Enniskillen on 101 or alternatively to contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111,” he said.

In today’s Impartial Reporter, landlord Tommy Fee recalled seeing the little girl in the house.

“The wee child was playing up and down on the kitchen floor, she would try to get up and run from here to the kitchen door and would fall and had the hands out to balance herself.

“That image is in my head, that wee child, you wouldn’t forget that in a hurry,” he said.

A 27 year old man arrested by police at the scene had been under police guard in hospital but has now been moved to police custody for questioning.