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Arson charge after fatal Auckland fire

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 11/11/2016

<span style="font-size:13px;">A man will appear in court on Monday charged with arson in relation to the fatal Mt Roskill house fire and police name the woman who died.</span> © SNPA A man will appear in court on Monday charged with arson in relation to the fatal Mt Roskill house fire and police name the woman who died. A man has been charged with arson in relation to a fatal fire in Auckland on Tuesday night.

The body of Linda Winifred Edwards, 58, was found inside the block of flats in Mt Roskill's Rainford Street. The fire started just before midnight on Tuesday.

The 25-year-old man known to Ms Edwards has been charged with arson in relation to the fire, and also faces a charge of using a document, police say.

He will reappear in the Auckland District Court on Monday.

A post mortem examination has been carried out and further test results are awaited to find out how Ms Edwards died, police say.

Police earlier called for help to find a red 2003 Honda Fit hatchback, registration GHL181, which is linked to the property.

Police have been treating the death as unexplained.

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