In what police have described as ‘horrific scenes’, the bodies of three people have been found inside a Canberra home following a suspicious blaze.
Fire crews made the shock discovery about 8.45am on Monday after responding to reports of smoke appearing from the roof of a home in Bonner.
Local media report a woman and two children lived at the property, however police have not confirmed the ages or genders of the deceased.
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“At this time the identities of the deceased persons have not been confirmed,” police said in a statement.
ACT Policing Superintendent Scott Moller said initial investigations suggest the fire was deliberately lit.
“We can say that after our investigation last night that the fires were deliberately lit,” Superintendent Moller said.
“We’re investigating all avenues. This investigation is complex… it’s going to be a significant investigation and will be ongoing for some time and we’ll be following every lead that we can.”
A crime scene will remain in place while ACT Policing’s Criminal Investigations conduct further enquiries.
Bonner: Police have confirmed a fire that killed three people was deliberately lit. It’s understood those who died in the Peter Coppin Street house were an adult and two children. The fire broke out at the home at around 8:45am yesterday morning. #Bonner #7News pic.twitter.com/gATVnBZKsO
— 7 News Sydney (@7NewsSydney) February 19, 2018