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Murder investigation launched following house fire in South Norwood

News   •   Jan 12, 2017 18:19 GMT

A murder investigation has been launched following a house fire in South Norwood.

On Tuesday, 10 January police were called by the London Fire Brigade (LFB) at around 15:15hrs to reports of a fire at an address in Birchanger Road, South Norwood.

Officers and LFB attended and fire crews rescued a woman from the ground floor of the semi-detached property. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Her next of kin have been informed.

Formal identification has now taken place and the deceased is 74-year-old Eulin Hastings.

A post-mortem examination took place on the afternoon of Wednesday, 11 January but cause of death could not be determined and officers await further test results.

Prior to being called to the fire, police were called at around 15:00hrs to reports of a burglary at a residential address in Davidson Road, Croydon.

Officers attended the scene and a man - who was in possession of a knife - was seen to flee from the property.

He was located in the vicinity of Davidson Road and was seen to climb on the roofs of a number of properties. Police negotiators were called to the scene to assist local officers.

The 26-year-old man, who came down from the roofs at approximately 20:05hrs, was arrested.

Detectives from the Homicide and Major Crime Command, led by Detective Chief Inspector Graeme Gwyn, are investigating and are appealing for witnesses and information.

At this early stage detectives believe that the murder and the burglary are linked and enquiries are underway to establish the circumstances that led to her death and the burglary.

The man remains in custody having been arrested on suspicion of murder and burglary.

Both incidents occurred during the middle of the afternoon and there is a possibility that someone may have seen something that could assist detectives with their investigation.

Anyone who witnessed or has any information about either incident is asked to contact the incident room on 020 8721 4805, or police via 101 or via Twitter @MetCC.

To give information anonymously contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit