Police identify 74-year-old woman killed in Heaton house blaze

This Is Lancashire: The burnt out kitchen in Albert Road West, Heaton The burnt out kitchen in Albert Road West, Heaton

POLICE have identified an elderly woman killed in a house blaze in Heaton.

Dolleh Joseph has been named as the 74-year-old woman killed alongside two other people in the Albert Road West fire in the early hours of Monday morning.

Police are yet to identify the other two victims of the blaze but they have been named locally as Iranian couple Hassan and Mahnaz Rafie.

Ms Joseph is thought to have been Mrs Rafie's mother.

Early indications from a post mortem examination suggest the elderly woman died from smoke inhalation and burns.

Police are now waiting for toxicology results to establish a final cause of death.

It is understood that police are finding it hard to formally identify the other two victims given the severity of their burns, and may ultimately be forced to rely on dental records.

Det Ch Insp Phil Reade said: "This is an absolute tragedy and we are determined to find out what happened and why.

"We are keeping an open mind about what could have gone on here and it is important to stress that at this time we do not know with absolute certainty, who the two other people are who tragically lost their lives.

"We are investigating how the fire started, whether it was deliberate and if so, who started it.

"Forensic experts and other specialists from the police and fire service will be continuing their investigations at the scene and until this and other enquiries are conducted we simply cannot say anything more about the circumstances surrounding this incident.

"Officers will be on hand to talk to any residents who may be concerned by what has happened and I would like to urge them or anyone else who might have information that could assist to come and speak to us or call us in absolute confidence."

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111

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8:45pm Tue 10 Dec 13

shireen says...

If the police dont know the certainty regarding the deaths then why mention murder-suicide at all.
If the police dont know the certainty regarding the deaths then why mention murder-suicide at all. shireen

10:10pm Tue 10 Dec 13

macauley says...

shireen wrote:
If the police dont know the certainty regarding the deaths then why mention murder-suicide at all.
just trying to make them self you good maybe.
[quote][p][bold]shireen[/bold] wrote: If the police dont know the certainty regarding the deaths then why mention murder-suicide at all.[/p][/quote]just trying to make them self you good maybe. macauley

10:52am Wed 11 Dec 13

DavidEspana says...

My thoughts and prayers are with those who have perished in this tragic incident. It is a wise thing never to speculate on what happened so early after an incident as this does NOT HELP those members of the family and friends. Some statements have actually stated they ( The Police) are keeping an open mind, this lies within the reporting of such incidents called NEWS Reporters/ Journalists who manipulate the comments made hopefully to hit the highlights for a well reported article. Conduct the forensic investigation and when that has been concluded maybe then more facual information could be released.
Sincere condolences to my friends - YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE.
Only a phone call away.
My thoughts and prayers are with those who have perished in this tragic incident. It is a wise thing never to speculate on what happened so early after an incident as this does NOT HELP those members of the family and friends. Some statements have actually stated they ( The Police) are keeping an open mind, this lies within the reporting of such incidents called NEWS Reporters/ Journalists who manipulate the comments made hopefully to hit the highlights for a well reported article. Conduct the forensic investigation and when that has been concluded maybe then more facual information could be released. Sincere condolences to my friends - YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE. Only a phone call away. DavidEspana

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