A woman was killed today in a house fire allegedly set by her lover in Medawachchiya. Police Media Unit said officers had responded at around 9.00am to a call made over the 119 emergency hotline that a woman had been killed after a house was set alight at Pihimbiyagollewa in Wewelketiya.

They had arrived at the location to find the woman dead due to the fire. The deceased has been identified as a 45-year-old who was living in the house.

The woman had been having an affair and her lover, who is suspected to have committed the crime, had fled the area.  Investigations have been launched to arrest the suspect.