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Antrim woman found dead after house fire named as Susan Melvin

By David Young

Published 07/04/2015

Condemnation: Brian Kingston
Condemnation: Brian Kingston

A woman has died after fire broke out in a house in Antrim's Parkhall estate.

The victim has been named locally as Susan Melvin, who was in her 50s.

Three fire appliances rushed to the scene at Tower Link just after 6pm yesterday following a call to the ambulance service.

Rescuers found a small fire burning and discovered the body of a woman in the house.

Ulster Unionist Party councillor Adrian Cochrane-Watson, who represents the area on Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council, said: "This a quiet neighbourhood and everyone was enjoying the Easter sunshine - and suddenly this tragedy happens.

"Neighbours and the wider community are very shocked at this dreadful death."

Mr Cochrane-Watson said there was a substantial police presence at the scene last night.

PSNI officers cordoned off the area and the cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

The woman has not yet been named, but was well known in the area and lived in the house with her adult son.

Meanwhile, loyalists have been blamed after intruders sneaked into a woman's home in Belfast and set it on fire.

It happened in Malvern Way, between the Shankill and Crumlin Roads, at teatime yesterday.

There was no one in the west Belfast home when intruders entered through the back door and set alight items in the bedroom sometime before 5pm.

A DUP councillor condemned those behind the attack on the house as "cowardly thugs".

Brian Kingston said it was the latest in a series of attacks on the woman's home, which had also been recently paint-bombed. There have also been attacks on her sister's home.

"I utterly condemn this attack in what appears to be an arson attempt. Thankfully nobody was at home at the time.

"The people behind this must think that we live in anarchy if they believe that can do this and get away with it; that they can subject people to these type of attack and walk away from it."

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