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Fire now murder case

A house fire that killed a mother and her five children in Harlow, Essex, last month is now being treated as a murder investigation, Essex Police said tonight.

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'Malicious ignition to blame for house fire'

A spokesman for Essex Police said:

"Evidence from fire scientists has indicated that the likely cause of the fire was malicious ignition.

"Detectives know that there was a burglary at the house on the same evening/early morning of the fire and are re-appealing for information and witnesses."

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