Police name mum and teenage daughter found dead after Burnley house fire

Detectives are appealing for information after the bodies of a mum and daughter were found inside a house.

Saturday, 3rd October 2020, 5:21 pm
Vian Mangrio with her mum, Dr Saman Mir Sacharvi

Police were called around 8-45am on Thursday to a report of a concern for safety at an address in Colne Road, Reedley.

Officers attended and discovered the bodies of two females inside the address. There was evidence of fire and smoke damage inside the house.

While they have not been formally identified the deceased are believed to be mother and daughter Dr Saman Mir Sacharvi (49) and Vian Mangrio (14), a pupil at Marsden Heights School in Nelson, who lived together at the house.

Their next of kin have been informed and they are being supported by specially trained officers.

Both deaths are at this stage being treated as unexplained and Home Office post-mortem examinations will be carried out in due course to try to establish the cause of death.

Supt Jon Holmes, Lancashire Constabulary’s Head of Major Crime, said: “These are tragic circumstances and my thoughts are very much with the loved ones of Dr Sacharvi and Miss Magrio at this time.

“We remain in the relatively early stages of what is a major investigation with a dedicated team of detectives and staff following a number of lines of enquiry in order to piece together what has happened.

“At this stage it is too early to say what has led to the deaths of Dr Sacharvi and Miss Magrio and we are keeping an open mind

“I would appeal to anyone who has any information, or who has seen anything suspicious at or around the address to come forward and contact us. Even if you think that the information you have may be insignificant please come and speak to us and let us be the judge.

“We recognise the impact on the community that this incident may create and we have extra patrols in and around the area as reassurance. If anyone has information or concerns they should feel free to approach any of our officers.

Anyone with information can contact police on quoting log 0298 of October 1 or independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.