Woman, 27, ‘murdered by jealous ex in house fire’ is pictured for first time

A woman who died in a house fire believed to have been started by her jealous ex has been pictured for the first time.

Jay Edmunds, 27, was killed alongside her ex-boyfriend, and another man in the fatal house fire in Kirton, Lincolnshire on New Year’s Day.

The jilted man allegedly shouted "no one else will have you" before killing all three of them in the inferno.

Billy Hicks, 24, was named locally as one of the men who died in the blaze.

The 32-year-old who also perished in the fire has not been named.

It is believed Mr Hicks used to be “sweethearts” with Ms Edmunds, whose family owned the £350,000 home in Kirton which exploded in flames on Tuesday around 3am.

Billy, who worked in a mobile phone shop, had previously been living with Jay at her former family home.

A source earlier told The Sun police are looking into whether this suspect was part of a love triangle with two other victims.

Police are said to believe the two victims may have been stabbed – and their chief suspect also died in the blaze, the Daily Mail reported.

Locals claim a jerrycan of petrol was used to fuel the blaze at the detached house shared by several pals.

They reported hearing a man shouting "If I can’t have you no one else will" before setting the home on fire.

Police are now treating the horrific incident as "domestic-related" murder and confirmed they are not looking for anyone else in connection with the horror blaze.

Two young women, Natalie Hall and Rachel Braim, were said to be “lucky to be alive” after escaping the flames.

One had to be rescued from behind a locked front door and the other jumped for her life from her bedroom window.

It is believed Jay’s parents had rented out their home as a houseshare after moving to Ilfracombe in Devon to open a hotel.

They are said to be "totally numbed and devastated" by what’s happened.

Friends of Rachel, a Police Community Support Officer, set up a JustGiving page and said she was "obviously traumatised and has lost all personal possessions".

Survivor Natalie, 21, has made an appeal for help to find her missing cat.

A friend of Billy and Jay’s named Liam said: “This is a crazy situation and unbelievable. Our hearts are broken. They were a lovely couple, on off and he hoped back on.

"They’d been together for years and both worked at Jay’s parents pub but split up last January. They stayed mates but moved on with new partners.

"We heard that Billy’s latest girlfriend had given him the elbow just before Christmas. He was upset and still grieving over his dad’s death and really hoped he and Jay could make it work again."

Detective Chief Inspector Karl Whiffen, from the East Midlands Special Operations Unit, said: "This is a complex investigation due to the circumstances.

"Specialists are at the scene and are working diligently as we try to understand what happened.

"We are also supporting the families of those involved in this awful tragedy."

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