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House fire woman stabbed to death


The fire left the house badly damaged

A woman whose body was found in a burning house in Lancashire had been stabbed to death, a post-mortem examination has revealed.

Firefighters were called to the detached property in the village of Tarleton in the early hours of Friday.

They broke down the door and found the dead woman, who was in her 50s.

A 57-year-old man was rescued and taken to hospital with minor injuries. He was subsequently arrested on suspicion of murder after his treatment.

He is now being questioned at Leyland Police station.

Det Ch Supt Graham Gardner, of Lancashire Police, urged any witnesses or people who live in the area of the fire to come forward.

"Clearly we believe the lady involved in this very sad incident is a resident at this address," he said.

It took firefighters more than three hours to bring the blaze under control at the newly-built 350,000 house on a private development.

An investigation into the cause of the fire is under way.

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