Man charged with murder after woman, child die in NSW house fire

UPDATE @ October 18: A MAN has been charged with the murder of a woman and child after they were killed in a ferocious house fire in northern NSW.

Emergency crews rushed to the home on Bylong Road in Tamworth around 5.30am on Thursday after receiving reports a home was engulfed in flames.

Upon arrival, they found a 27-year-old woman and a seven-year-old boy suffering burns in the front yard.


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The woman was rushed to Tamworth Base Hospital before being transferred to Royal North Shore Hospital where she remains in a critical condition.

The young boy was also hospitalised, however is understood to be stable.

After extinguishing the blaze, firefighters entered the property and found the bodies of two people, believed to be a five-year-old child and a woman, inside.

A crime scene was established at the home and following ongoing investigations, detectives last night charged a 60-year-old man with two counts of murder.

The man remains under police guard in hospital.

Investigations are continuing.

EARLIER @ October 17: A child and elderly woman have been found dead following a suspicious house fire in northern NSW this morning.

Emergency services rushed to the home on Bylong Road in Tamworth around 5.30am after receiving reports a home was engulfed in flames.

Upon arrival, firefighters found the bodies of two people, believed to be a five-year-old child and a woman, inside the property.

A second woman, aged 27, was taken to Tamworth Base Hospital where she remains in a serious condition with burns to her body.

A seven-year-old boy also suffered minor burns and smoke inhalation in the blaze and has been taken to hospital in a stable condition.

Police say a 60-year-old man is currently assisting officers with enquiries at Tamworth Police Station, while a crime scene has been established at the home.

Investigations into the circumstances surrounding the cause of the fire are underway, however at this stage it is being treated as suspicious.

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