Omagh family house blaze: Murder hunt launched

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Police investigating a house fire in which seven people died in Northern Ireland, launched a murder investigation today after discovering petrol in the building.

Detective Chief Superintendent Norman Baxter would not confirm who he believed was behind the attack which killed the parents and five children yesterday morning.

The house in Omagh, Co Tyrone, was left a blackened shell and the roof destroyed during the fierce fire from which none of the inhabitants are believed to have escaped.