Thursday 17 April 2014

Man in 70s found dead after fire

A man has died following a fire in Co Tyrone

A man in his 70s has been killed in a house fire in Co Tyrone.

He was the only person inside a wooden mobile home which caught alight during the early hours of Sunday.

Up to 20 firefighters from Omagh, Pomeroy and Newtownstewart were called to the scene at Streefe Road - seven miles east of Omagh - just after 1.45am.

"When we got there it was well alight - in fact it was about three-quarters gone," said Eamon McGrath, Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service district commander.

"We spent about 10 minutes extinguishing the flames and then began a search to see if we could locate the person.

"Unfortunately, we did locate him but it was too late."

The cause of the fire is still under investigation by the fire service and police.

It is understood a smoke alarm had been fitted to the mobile home unit, but it is not known whether the warning device was rendered useless by the ferocity and speed with which the blaze took hold.

It is believed the elderly man's family lived nearby.

Press Association

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