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Pensioner loses fight for life after house fire in which his elderly wife perished

Published 04/01/2016

Police and forensics staff at the scene of the house fire at Silverhill Park in Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh
Police and forensics staff at the scene of the house fire at Silverhill Park in Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh

A widower has died in hospital following a fire which claimed the life of his elderly wife in Enniskillen in December.

The woman, named locally as Daphne Reid, died at her home in the Silverhill Park area.

Emergency services were called to the house at around midnight on Sunday December 27, but Mrs Reid, who is believed to be in her late 60s, died in the fire before they arrived.

Her husband Franklin, who was also in the house at the time and is thought to be in his 70s, was rescued and taken to hospital.

He passed away on Monday January 4.

The fire is not being treated as suspicious.

A PSNI spokeswoman said: "Police can confirm that a man aged in his 70s has died in hospital this morning.

"The man was admitted to hospital following a fire at a house in the Silverhill Park area of Enniskillen on Sunday 27th December."

Speaking at the time DUP councillor Keith Elliott said that the retired couple are very well known in the Fermanagh area and many people have been shocked by the news.

He said: "Daphne's friends and neighbours are devastated. It's a very close knit neighbourhood.

"Everybody knows everyone out there. They are in shock that this has happened just beside them, especially just after Christmas. It's so hard for them. It's a tragedy.

Ulster Unionist MP Tom Elliott said: "I knew the lady that died in this tragedy and her wider family.

"This is a huge shock to the community where this family are very well known.

"It affects not only her immediate family but the wider family and the entire community, who have lost a friend and someone well known in the area.

"It is difficult for the family and wider community when such a tragedy strikes. My sympathies to them all at this time."

It was the second fatal house fire in Enniskillen in just under a month.

On December 3, John Brazil (57) died after a fire at his Drumbay Close home.

It is understood that the fire took hold in an upstairs bedroom where his body was discovered.

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