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Antrim mum killed in fire 'would go extra mile' to help others

By Maria McCann

Published 08/04/2015

Tragedy: scene of the fatal fire
Tragedy: scene of the fatal fire

A mother-of-one who was found dead in a bathroom that caught fire has been described as a kind-hearted and generous woman who would go the extra mile to help others.

Sue Melvin was discovered in her Tower Links home in Antrim by firefighters just after 6pm on Monday.

Her only son David and a neighbour became concerned for her wellbeing when they had not heard from the woman in her 50s for some time.

They alerted the emergency services after they couldn't gain access to the home. Three fire engines were sent to the Parkhall housing estate shortly after 6pm.

Crews had force their way in, but the blaze had already burned out.

Water was seen spilling out from the bathroom door and smoke damage could be seen in the window of the terraced house.

Ulster Unionist councillor Adrian Cochrane-Watson knows the family.

"I lived in this area and know everyone in it," he said.

"It is a very tight and close community. Everyone is naturally very upset. They are a close-knit family and Sue's son only lives a few doors down."

The cause of the blaze is still under investigation and forensics investigators have been examining the home.

Mr Cochrane-Watson said: "It is very strange for a fire to start in a bathroom when there are little to no electrical devices.

"I suppose there is some suspicion. One of her best friends phoned me distraught.

"No one can understand how or why this has happened.

"Sue is a harmless individual who enjoyed life and never annoyed anyone."

One neighbour described Ms Melvin as "very kind-hearted, very generous, and warm".

"She had her problems like most normal people, but she would go out of her way to help you," she said.

A spokeswoman for the PSNI said it could be some time until the results of a post-mortem examination are known.

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