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Derrylin fire: Victims' belongings remain strewn around shell of home

Three generations of the same family, including a baby and two teenagers, were killed when a blaze engulfed their Derrylin home on February 27. Picture by Justin Kernoghan, Photopress

SCORCHED children's toys and books are among items left strewn around a rural Co Fermanagh property where four people - including a baby - were killed in a ferocious blaze.

Three generations of the same family - including a toddler and two teenagers - died when a fire engulfed their rural home in Derrylin on February 27.

The remote farmhouse on Molly Road was completely gutted in the blaze a fortnight ago on February 27.

It is understood a police cordon around the home has now been lifted after forensics experts finished their investigations at the scene over the weekend.

Three generations of the same family-including a baby and two teenagers were killed when the blaze engulfed their Derrylin home.Picture by Justin Kernoghan

New pictures reveal the shocking aftermath of the fire, showing the property reduced to a shell. Dolls, children's toys and books are among the family's belongings still lying in the rubble.

However two weeks after the inferno, none of the four victims have been formally identified.

They have been named locally as Cyrstal Gossett, her son Edward (16), her daughter Diane (19) and her young daughter.

Daniel Allen (27), of Molly Road, Enniskillen, appeared in court last week charged with the murders.

During his brief court appearance, Allen was also charged with arson.

It was unclear last night whose responsibility it is to clear the scene. The family rented the house from landlord Tommy Fee, who was among neighbours who battled in vain to save the family.

Sinn Fein MP Michelle Gildernew said she hoped the site would be treated with respect.

“I would like to think that it would be dealt with in a sensitive manner,” she said.

In a similarly sensitive case, the Housing Executive took responsibility for demolishing a house in Omagh where a convicted sex offender burnt his partner and five children to death after setting fire to the property.

Arthur McElhill killed his family in November 2007.

The property in Lammy Crescent was boarded up for years.

After negotiations between the families, residents and the Northern Ireland Housing Executive, the executive agreed to buy the house and demolish it.

It was finally knocked down in March 2011.

Three generations of the same family-including a baby and two teenagers were killed when the blaze engulfed their Derrylin home.Picture by Justin Kernoghan

Three generations of the same family-including a baby and two teenagers were killed when the blaze engulfed their Derrylin home.Picture by Justin Kernoghan

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