A murder investigation has been launched following a fatal fire in Brent.
Police were called at 2.15am on Thursday, 16 April to a residential address in Alric Avenue NW10 following reports of a fire.
Officers attended with the London Fire Brigade (LFB) and London Ambulance Service.
A 36-year-old woman was taken to hospital with serious injuries. She was pronounced dead at 6.07am.
Formal identification awaits. A post-mortem examination will be scheduled in due course.
Another woman, aged in her 60s, was also taken to hospital and treated for non life-threatening injuries.
At this time the cause of the fire is being treated as suspicious.
A man in his 40s was arrested on suspicion of arson and taken into police custody.
The man arrested and the deceased are believed to be known to each other.
Detectives from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command have been informed and an investigation has been launched, lead by DCI Neil John.
A referral has been made to the Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards following police contact with the victim a few hours prior to this incident.
Anyone who may have information that could assist police is asked to call 101 ref CAD 591/16 April.