WESTMINSTER (CBSLA.com) – A man has been arrested on murder charges in the deaths of two women whose bodies were found in Newport Beach following a New Year’s Day fire at a Westminster home owned by one of the victims.

Christopher Ireland, 37, of Huntington Beach was taken into custody Monday morning on two counts of murder in the deaths of 59-year-old Yolanda Holtrey of Westminster, and her friend, a 49-year-old Huntington Beach woman whose name has been released pending next of kin notification.

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According to the Westminster Police Department, the incident unfolded at 5:30 a.m. Sunday when officers and Orange County Fire Authority crews responded to a suspicious fire at Holtrey’s home in the 5000 block of Northwestern Way.

Investigators with OCFA and the WPD were unable to locate Holtrey or her friend. Eventually, they began a homicide investigation. On Monday morning, they found the missing women’s bodies in the city of Newport Beach.

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It was not immediately clear when Ireland was arrested.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department is assisting with the investigation, along with the Orange County Coroner’s Office.

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Police did not disclose a possible motive for the murders or the potential link between Ireland and the victims.