Officer house fire: woman dead, man arrested

By Mitchell Clarke and Jessica Anstice

A woman is dead and man was arrested after a townhouse was guttered by flames in Officer.

Emergency services responded to the scene on Keats Road at the intersection of Harmony Place in Arcadia Estate about 9.50am on Friday 2 August.

The exact circumstances surrounding the incident are still being investigated but it’s believed the two parties are known to one another, their relationship is yet to be revealed.

One eyewitness said a teacher from a nearby school, who was with students at the time, ran into the property and pulled the woman outside but despite his best efforts, she died at the scene.

That teacher was with a group of schoolchildren riding their bikes through the estate when the fire broke out.

The woman, aged in her 50s, is yet to be formally identified.

Tradesmen working at a nearby property, reported seeing smoke billowing when they ran outside and heard a woman screaming “I’ve been stabbed! I’ve been stabbed!”.

They claim they also saw a man trying to flee the scene, but police were quick to arrest him.

Police confirmed that the man who was initially assisting them with their inquiries, for matters not directly related to the death of the woman, has been released without charge.

Parents of children at a neighbouring primary school were notified that the school was in lock down.

Homicide Squad detectives were on scene and are trying to piece exactly what happened.


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