Woman is found dead after house blaze in Holywood
A woman in her 50s has been found dead at her home following a house fire in Co Down.
The blaze happened at a property in The Green in Holywood yesterday.
Emergency services were called to the scene shortly before 12.15pm. However, the woman had passed away. An investigation into the cause of the fire is now under way.
North Down DUP MLA Gordon Dunne said that the woman came from a "highly-respected" and well-known family.
Mr Dunne said: "There is a real sense of shock within the local community at the sudden death of this lady.
"The close-knit community within the Redburn and Loughview area will certainly rally around and support the family circle at this difficult time.
"I would like to express thanks to all the emergency services, including the Fire and Rescue Service, Air Ambulance and PSNI, for their rapid response in attending to the scene of the tragic incident, but sadly they were unable to save her life."