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Mother 'key witness' in Redcar 'murder' blaze inquiry

  • 5-9-2011

A woman whose husband and daughter died in a house fire which is being treated as arson is a "key witness", police have said.

Philip Braithwaite, 49, and his daughter Jessica, seven, died after the fire at their home in Hawthorn Road, Redcar, on 2 Monday.

Cleveland Police have launched a murder inquiry and said Christine Braithwaite, 51, was a witness in the "tragic case".

No-one else is being sought in connection with the fire, police said.

Mrs Braithwaite's other daughter, Catriona, nine, is in a critical but stable condition. Mrs Braithwaite was not in the house at the time of the fire.

Police said the fire was started in the lounge of the house and that it spread quickly.

Mr Braithwaite and Jessica were on the first floor.

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