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Homicide Squad joins investigation

Fire Rescue NSW Grafton Station office Michael Kearns walks out the front of a property where a woman was killed in a house fire.
Fire Rescue NSW Grafton Station office Michael Kearns walks out the front of a property where a woman was killed in a house fire. Adam Hourigan

THE Homicide Squad has joined the investigation into the death of a woman whose body was found inside a South Grafton house extensively damaged by fire on Friday.

A post mortem of the woman's body has revealed that while the woman suffered severe burns, she also had other injuries which police are investigating further.

Police were called to the home in Margaret Cr, South Grafton, about 2.30am on Friday by NSW Fire and Rescue officers who were fighting the blaze.

Upon entry, the body of a 47-year-old woman was located inside.

The woman was the sole occupant of the home.

Investigations by detectives from Coffs/Clarence Local Area Command and the Homicide Squad are ongoing under Strike Force Bachell.

Inquiries into the cause of the fire are also being conducted by specialist arson investigators from the Property Crime Squad.

Strike Force Bachell detectives have spoken to a number of people to date, but are appealing for further public assistance.

They would like to speak to anyone with information about the incident, as well as anyone who saw the female occupant prior to the blaze.

Anyone who can assist should contact Grafton Police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Coffs/Clarence Local Area Commander, Superintendent Mark Holahan began a media briefing on the case at 1pm today at Coffs Harbour.

More details will be printed as they come to hand.

Topics:  house fire south grafton



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