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Derrylin fire deaths: Man appears in court charged with murder

Daniel Allen in handcuffs leaving Enniskillen Courthouse today. Picture by Justin Kernoghan 
Deborah McAleese, Press Association

A 27-year-old man has appeared in court charged with murdering four people, including a baby, in a fire.

Daniel Allen, of Molly Road, Enniskillen, was led handcuffed into the dock at Enniskillen Magistrates' Court today.

He was charged with the murder of four people, who the court heard are currently unidentified.

A woman, two teenagers and a toddler are believed to have died in the blaze.

Police are still working to formally identify the victims.

The fire broke out at a remote house on Molly Road in Derrylin, Co Fermanagh, on February 27.

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

Dressed in a grey tracksuit, with long hair and a beard, he only spoke to say he understood the charges against him.

A detective inspector told the court he believed he could connect the accused to the charges against him.

No further details about the case were opened during the hearing.

A defence lawyer told the court he would not be making a bail application.

Allen was remanded in custody to appear back before the court via videolink in three weeks.

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