Omagh fire tragedy house demolished today

A house in Omagh where a convicted sex offender burnt his partner and five children to death has been demolished today.

Arthur McElhill killed his family in a house fire in 2007, because his partner, Lorraine McGovern threatened to leave.

The inquest into his death concluded that this, coupled with his fear of prison for underage sex offences, contributed to his starting the fire.

It was a tragedy that shocked people across Ireland.

Arthur McElhill had been having sex with a 16-year-old girl in the weeks before the fire.

The coroner at the inquest concluded that Ms McGovern was likely to be in the process of leaving him and this, coupled with his fear of facing prison because of his illicit relationship, contributed to him starting the fire.

The inquest also heard of McElhill's previous suicide attempts and his use of a Bebo social-networking account in his son's name to groom teenage girls for sex.

It also heard he had two previous convictions for rape.

After sensitive negotiations between the families, residents and the Northern Ireland Housing Executive, the executive agreed to buy the house and demolish it.

Discussions on what will happen at the site will continue, with the housing executive favouring the construction of two new properties on the cleared site.