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Monday 23 September 2019

Pregnant mum-of-one (27) died after 'suffering asthma attack' during house fire

Sinead Stewart with her husband Ali on their wedding day in 2015
Sinead Stewart with her husband Ali on their wedding day in 2015

Cate McCurry

A pregnant mother-of-one has died following a fire at her home in Northern Ireland.

Sinead Stewart, the 27-year-old, who was four months pregnant, died at the scene in Ballycastle, Co Antrim. Emergency services including the air ambulance attended the house in the Whitepark Road area yesterday evening just after 5.30pm.

It's understood Mrs Stewart suffered an asthma attack as a result of the fire.

Married to her husband Alistair in 2015, the couple have a young daughter together.

Friends of the young woman have been expressing their grief and heartbreak on social media.

One friend posted on Facebook: "Actually cannot take in what has just happened.

"I have no words. Thinking of all your family."

Others described her as a "lovely woman and mother".

Sinn Fein councillor Cara McShane said: "People in the area are completely stunned by the news that the young woman has died.

"While more information is to come out, I want to send my prayers and thoughts to her family at this very sad time."

She added: "The family are very well-known and respected in the area."

Ballycastle Independent councillor Padraig McShane said the local community was stunned and numb with grief.

He said: "It would appear that a number of unfortunate factors have conspired to end this young lady's life.

"The detail of the tragedy will be revealed in the fullness of time but at present, on behalf of the local community, I would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of the deceased."

Ulster Unionist councillor Joan Baird, who lives near the Stewart family home, commented: "This is a tragedy and it appears that she has come home and perhaps started making the tea and then this happens in the flash of an eye.

"I want to express my sympathies. A young child has lost her mother, it's an awful event."

SDLP councillor Margaret Anne McKillop described the sense of loss and disbelief in the close-knit North Coast community.

"There's just a sense of utter shock and horror in the community" she said.

"My thoughts and prayers are with the young woman's family and friends at this devastating time.

"I can't imagine what they're going through. It's the worst news.

"I know the community here will rally round them at this incredibly difficult time."

A spokesman for the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service said: "We got a report of a house fire at 5.25pm.

"Nobody was taken from the scene."

Belfast Telegraph

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