Woman charged with murder after resident killed in horror house fire

A woman has been charged with murder after allegedly starting a house fire that claimed the life of another woman in NSW last year.

Emergency services were called to a home on Tichborne Crescent in Kooringal in the early hours of Monday 25 February 2019, after a 41-year-old woman was woken by the smell of smoke.

The woman managed to escape uninjured, however a second woman, aged 36, was trapped inside the burning home.


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The 41-year-old woman and neighbours desperately tried to access the house to rescue the woman, but they were unsuccessful.

Sadly, a short time later, the body of the 36-year-old woman was found inside the property.

Following the fatal fire, detectives established a special strike force to investigate the circumstances surrounding the blaze.

It led them to a home in Tolland about 8am today, where they arrested a 47-year-old woman.

“Police will allege the woman attended the Kooringal home in the early hours of Monday 25 February 2019, and set fire to a lounge at the front of the home before fleeing,” NSW Police said in a statement.

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The woman was taken to Wagga Wagga Police Station and charged with murder and destroy/damage property with intent to endanger life.

She was refused bail and is due to face Wagga Wagga Local Court today.

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