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Fatal house fire started after 'gas supply tampered with'

A house fire that killed a couple and the husband's mother in Bolton was started after the gas supply was tampered with, police believe. It is thought one line of inquiry was that the husband had unlawfully killed his wife before starting the fire.

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Police: Gas supply was tampered with before house fire

Police have said they believe a house fire which killed three people in Bolton, Greater Manchester was started after the gas supply was tampered with.

Earlier this week they said they were treating the blaze as suspicious.

It is understood one line of inquiry was that Hassan Rafie, 49, had unlawfully killed his wife before deliberately setting the fire.

Neighbours spoke of hearing an explosion from the kitchen of home shortly before flames spread throughout the property.

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