Murder investigation opens after woman dies in Co Derry car fire

A woman in her 50s died after a car was set on fire outside a property in Co Londonderry.

Olice said a 59-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder.

The incident occurred around 5.40am Tuesday morning in the Quarry Road area of ​​Knockloughrim.

Police said a car caught fire outside the home before emergency services reached the scene.

The woman in the car was taken to hospital for treatment, however police confirmed that she died as a result of her injuries.

Now a murder investigation is underway.

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Police at the scene of an incident on Quarry Road in Gulladuff on October 12, 2021 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)

In a statement, the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service said: “The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service received a call to 999 at 05:39 on Tuesday 12 October 2021 following reports of a burning car in the Gulladuff area.

“NIAS sent three emergency teams to the scene along with two doctors.

“After initial evaluation and on-site treatment, one patient was taken to RVH and another to Causeway Hospital.”

PSNI Chief Detective Inspector John Caldwell said: “At approximately 5.40 am this morning, police received a report of a burning car in front of a house on the road. Police and NIFRS attended the scene and a woman, in her 50s, who was in the car was taken to hospital for treatment.

Sadly, despite the best efforts of the hospital staff, he succumbed to his injuries and died in the hospital tonight.

“A 59-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder. He has also been taken to hospital for treatment for burns.

“My investigation is at a very early stage and I would appeal to anyone who was on Quarry Road early this morning and witnessed something to contact detectives at 101 quoting reference 227 10/12/21.”

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