Mother, son and daughter held over Colmar killer fire

3rd January 2005, Comments 0 comments

COLMAR, France, Jan 3 (AFP) - Three people were placed under investigation in eastern France on Monday in connection with a deadly New Year's apartment block fire that killed six people, four of them children, prosecutors said.

COLMAR, France, Jan 3 (AFP) - Three people were placed under investigation in eastern France on Monday in connection with a deadly New Year's apartment block fire that killed six people, four of them children, prosecutors said.  

The suspects - a 47-year-old woman, her 25-year-old son and her 18-year-old daughter - apparently paid a visit to the woman's ex-husband late Friday, and a dispute erupted over money, state prosecutor Pascal Schultz told reporters.  

The father and the 25-year-old son exchanged blows, and the trio of suspects left the apartment.  

The son, who later returned to recover some of his belongings in his father's flat, allegedly set fire in the early hours of Saturday to a baby carriage in the building entryway using his lighter, Schultz said.  

The 25-year-old confessed to his actions, the prosecutor added.  

The son is under investigation for intentional destruction of another's property leading to death, while his mother and sister were under investigation for failing to assist those in danger.   

The 18-year-old woman is also suspected of failing to prevent the commission of a crime. Being placed under investigation in France is the first step towards being formally charged.  

Firefighters quickly contained the blaze but were unable to save the six victims - a man, a woman and their children aged four, eight, 10 and 12.

© AFP

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