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Tuesday 25 June 2019

Six children and three adults killed in fires at Oldcourt since the 1980s

Memories of dark days because of deaths caused by fires came flooding back to residents of the Oldcourt estate as the smell of smoke spread before dawn on Friday.

Eight other deaths have occurred as well as at least 14 serious fires since the houses were built in the late 1980s. Six children and three adults have now perished in fires at the estate.

Kitty Cassidy died alongside her children Lisa (9), Jason (4), Keith (3) and Graham (18 months) at Christmas time in 1988.

In 2001 Teresa Cahill (27) and her 13-month-old baby Chris died in another fire. Teresa's sister Margaret has since campaigned for a full-time fire service on behalf of her sister and her infant nephew.

Fire fighters, including the late Brian Murray, rescued a number of occupants from the house, including children aged 3, 4 and 17 on that occasion.

His son Brian Murray Junior was one of the members of the fire service at the scene of this week's tragedy on the anniversary of his father's death.

Lisa Kelly (13) died in 2005. On November 29 she became trapped in a burning bedroom at her home after a fire broke out and died days later in Crumlin Children's Hospital.

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