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PSNI investigation after elderly woman is killed in house fire

By Amanda Ferguson

Published 24/04/2015

The cause of a fire in north Belfast is being investigated
The cause of a fire in north Belfast is being investigated

Police are investigating a fire in north Belfast that claimed the life of an elderly woman.

Neighbours of the woman fought "valiantly" to save her from the house fire, according to a chief fire officer.

It's understood she had lived in Rosapenna Parade for many years.

The fire was reported to police at around midday on Thursday.

The woman was found on the ground floor of her home.

The Fire Service said at this stage it was unclear if a smoke alarm had been fitted.

PSNI Inspector David McBride said: "The cause of the fire is still being investigated."

Sinn Fein councillor Mary Clarke described the incident as "heart-breaking".

Ms Clarke said: "I understand that a local woman has lost her life in this incident and my sympathies go to her family and neighbours.

"I wish to pay tribute to the emergency services who recently rescued a family of three in Ardoyne from a major house fire."

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