Police progress in family fire death case

Detective Superintendent Dermott Horrigan

Detective Superintendent Dermott Horrigan

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DETECTIVES investigating the murders of a teenager and three young children in a house fire in Freckleton say they are making “good progress” in bringing their killer to justice.

In the six months since the arson attack at the house on Lytham Road during the childrens’ mother’s birthday party, officers have been piecing together what happened that night and a full scale inquiry is still ongoing.

As a result of the fire, 19-year-old Reece Smith, twin girls Holly and Ella Smith, four, and two-year-old Jordan Smith, tragically died from smoke inhalation.

Since then, officers have carried out extensive inquires including speaking to hundreds of members of the community, and launched a social media campaign with appeals on websites Facebook and YouTube.

Det Supt Dermott Horrigan, investigating the incident for Lancashire Police, told The Gazette: “This remains very much an ongoing investigation and we will leave no stone unturned until we get to the bottom of exactly what has happened.

“I am pleased we are making good progress with the case and we will continue to follow up the many lines of inquiry we are working on.

“We have had a good response from the media and the public so far.

“However we are still appealing to anyone who may have any information and has not yet spoken to police to come forward.

“Even the smallest piece of information could prove crucial.

“We have a team of detectives who are still working on the investigation and I can assure the public any information received will be treated in confidence and dealt with appropriately.”

Anyone with information can contact the Major Incident Room at Blackpool Police Station on new non-emergency number 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 or online at Crimestoppers-uk.org.