Doctor, 49, and her schoolgirl daughter, 14, found dead in house fire
3rd October 2020

Murder probe is launched after doctor, 49, and her schoolgirl daughter, 14, are found dead in house fire in Lancashire

  • Dr Saman Mir Sacharvi, 49, and Vian Magrio, 14, were found dead in Burnley
  • Police discovered evidence of fire and smoke inside their house on Thursday
  • Lancashire Police opened a murder inquiry while the deaths remain unexplained

A murder inquiry has been launched after a doctor and her daughter were found dead inside a fire and smoke-damaged house.

Dr Saman Mir Sacharvi, 49, and Vian Magrio, 14, were discovered dead at their home in Colne Road, Reedley, Burnley, by police at around 8.45am on Thursday.

Police received a report of concern for the mother and child’s safety and also discovered evidence of fire and smoke inside the house.

Post-mortem examinations will be carried out to try to establish the cause of the deaths.

A murder inquiry has been launched after Dr Saman Mir Sacharvi, 49, and Vian Magrio, 14, were found dead inside their fire and smoke-damaged house on Colne Road in Burnley

Lancashire Police confirmed they have opened a murder inquiry while the deaths remain unexplained.

Detectives are keeping an open mind on the circumstances as their investigation continues.

Lancashire Police said the two deceased have not been formally identified but their next of kin have been informed and are being supported by specially trained officers.

Miss Magrio was a pupil at Marsden Heights School in Nelson, Lancashire.


Vian Magrio was a pupil at Marsden Heights School in Nelson, Lancashire. Lancashire Police confirmed they have opened a murder inquiry while the deaths remain unexplained

Police received a report of concern for the mother and child’s safety and also discovered evidence of fire and smoke inside the house (pictured) 

Lancashire Constabulary’s head of major crime Superintendent Jon Holmes 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.

Lancashire Police said the two deceased have not been formally identified but their next of kin have been informed 

‘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 quoting log 0298 of October 1 or independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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