Murder Charges Laid in Lalor Park Fatal House Fire

A man has been charged following a fatal house fire in Sydney's west at the weekend.

About 1am on Sunday (7 July 2024), emergency services attended a home on Freeman Street, Lalor Park, following reports of a house fire.

A 29-year-old woman and three boys – aged four, seven and 11 – and a nine-year-old girl were taken to hospitals at Westmead. The woman has since been discharged and the children remain in stable conditions.

Three children, two boys – aged two and six – and a five-month-old girl, were declared deceased.

They are yet to be formally identified and post-mortem examinations are being conducted to determine the cause of their deaths.

Detectives from the State Crime Command's Homicide Squad commenced an investigation under Strike Force Carrbridge, with the assistance of Blacktown Police Area Command, North West Region, Arson Unit and Child Abuse Squad.

The 28-year-old man remains at Westmead Hospital, under police guard.

He has now been charged with three counts of murder (DV), five counts of attempted murder (DV) and destroy/damage property with intent to endanger life (DV).

The matter will be heard in Parramatta Local Court today (Thursday 11 July 2024) and the man is expected to appear via a bedside court hearing.

Inquiries under Strike Force Carrbridge continue.

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