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Carryduff fire death: Woman released over suspected arson attack

The full extent of the house fire in Carryduff Image copyright BBC (Rick Faragher)
Image caption The fire began in a neighbour's garage, before spreading to oil tanks and setting the pensioner's home alight

A woman arrested on suspicion of the manslaughter of a pensioner who died in a suspected arson attack in Carryduff, near Belfast, has been released.

Samuel Carson, 91, died after a fire in the garage of neighbour's house at Thorndale Park caused his home to go up in flames on Tuesday.

Police are now treating it as suspected arson as a result of new information.

The 57-year-old woman has been released pending a report to the Public Prosecution Service (PPS).

On Tuesday, firefighters responded to a call of an oil tank on fire at Mr Carson's neighbour's house at about 01:00 BST.

They brought the pensioner out of his home on the nearby Hillsborough Road, but he died at the scene.

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