Northern Ireland house fires claim lives of Ards man and woman in her 90s in Jonesborough
Two people have died in separate house fires over the weekend in Northern Ireland.
On Friday the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service responded to a call at 10.57am to a fire in a ground floor flat in Ardmillan Crescent, Newtownards.
Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus entered the property and carried out a search.
A man was confirmed dead at the scene.
Firefighters dealt with a fire in a rear bedroom and three appliances were sent.
The cause of the fire has been confirmed as accidental.
In a separate incident a 94-year-old woman died following a fire at her home in Bay View in Jonesborough in Co Armagh on Sunday night.
Police received a report of a fire at a house shortly after 7.30pm.
The NIFRS attended a small fire in the kitchen of her semi-deatched house. The fire had been partially extinguished by neighbours and on arrival firefighters fully extinguished the blaze.
The woman was found dead at the scene and a 50-year-old man was treated for smoke inhalation.
Three fire appliances attended and the cause of fire is still under investigation.
Newry and Armagh Sinn Fein MLA Megan Fearon said: "This is a deeply tragic event and my thoughts and sympathies are with the family and friends of the deceased victim, who was very well known and respected in the local area"
Her colleague local Councillor Mickey Larkin, speaking after visiting the scene, said: “The victim was a respected and popular member of the Jonesborough community. The whole community is shocked by this incident and our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the deceased"