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Police launch murder investigation after woman dies in Stirling hair salon fire

A woman died and a man was seriously injured because of the blaze in a salon in Scotland

Police have launched a murder investigation after a woman was killed in a fire at a hair salon in Stirling.

Ahdieh Yazdanparast, 46, died in hospital late on Saturday night from injuries caused by a fire at Venus Hair & Beauty in the Scottish city that morning.

A man was also seriously injured in the blaze, which started in the cellar of the Maxwell Street parlour. Two men administered first aid before the victims were both treated at Forth Valley Royal Infirmary, Larbert.

Detective Superintendent Gary Flannigan, who is in charge of the investigation, said: “This is now a murder investigation and I would appeal to any witnesses who have not already spoken to the police to contact us as soon as possible by calling 101.”

Police said they are not looking for anyone in connection with the fire at this time.

They issued an appeal to speak to the men that gave first aid who were wearing a check shirt and a dark jacket, as well as man with a brown top on a bike, a lady who left the salon before the fire, a man with a light jacket, and a woman with long boots.