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'Traumatic for everyone' - Man in his fifties dies in house fire


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A man in his 50s is reported to have died in a house fire in Armagh.

The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service said five emergency appliances and 30 personnel are at the blaze scene in Culdee Drive, close to the centre of the cathedral city.

It’s believed the alarm was raised by neighbours, who alerted the emergency services.

Several valiant attempts were made by family members to rescue the man, who was trapped in an upstairs room in his family home. Two people were also treated at the scene for smoke inhalation.

Group commander Dermot Rooney for the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service said:

“We’re currently attending a very serious incident in the Culdee Drive area of Armagh.

“We have five fire appliances and 30 officers attending.”

Culdee Drive is a tightly-packed terraced street of former NIHE properties, not far from the historic centre of the city.

Armagh Lord Mayor Garath Keating was at the scene and described a sight of devastation with some survivors blackened by the smoke as they attempted to rescue others.

“This is a traumatic event for everyone. It is a tragedy,” he said.

“My thoughts are with the man’s close and extended family. I am sure the community will rally round to support them at this traumatic time.”

Local SDLP councillor Mealla Campbell said “This is a tragedy. My thoughts are with the family of the man who died. This will be a very traumatic time for them.”

Belfast Telegraph