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Crime scene investigators to work through Saturday night after Orange house fire leaves one dead

February 4, 2023

The scene on Saturday afternoon. Photo: TNV/Troy Pearson.

By Peter Holmes

As dusk turned to dark on Saturday night in Orange, two police officers were guarding a property on Brooklands Drive, awaiting the arrival of crime scene investigators following the death of a woman in a house blaze.

In a modern estate north of the CBD, the house is at the bottom of a steep driveway, hidden away from the street on a battleaxe block.

Orange Fire and Rescue logs show that a call was received at 3:58pm today (Saturday February 4, 2023) alerting them to a house alight on Brooklands Drive.

Three trucks and around 10 firefighters from Orange Fire and Rescue attended. Logs show the blaze was extinguished at 6pm.

The scene at Brooklands Drive in Orange on Saturday night. Copyright: Orange News Examiner.

A body was found inside the home and is yet to be formally identified but is believed to be a woman aged in her 50s.

From outside there was no obvious sign of any damage to the house. It is understood the fire was in the garage. On Saturday night there were a few bits of debris near garbage bins in front of the closed garage door, including what appeared to be a small cage.

Items outside the garage. Copyright: Orange News Examiner.

"Officers attached to Central West Police District established a crime scene and commenced an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident," said a statement from NSW Police.

Inspector Shane Jessop had been at the scene earlier in the day. On Saturday night he told The Orange News Examiner that the woman was yet to be identified.

"There will be crime scene examinations taking place overnight," he said.

The inspector said police would likely release more information on Sunday.

A report will be prepared for the information of the coroner.

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