The 51-year-old was arrested on suspicion of murder following the Saturday evening blaze in Sussex.

A woman in her 60s died in the inferno while a child was treated for smoke inhalation.

The incident took place on Spitfire Road in West Malling.

Cops were forced to make a referral to the Independent Office for Police Conduct following prior contact with the man.

A spokesman for Kent Police said: "A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a woman died following a house fire in West Malling.

"Officers attended the scene with Kent Fire and Rescue Service and two people were taken to hospital.

"One of them, a woman aged in her 60s was later pronounced deceased.

"A child was treated for a leg injury and smoke inhalation. A 51-year-old man from West Malling was arrested and remains in police custody."

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