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Neighbours shocked by Fermanagh fire tragedy

By Lisa Smyth

A 35-year-old man has died in a house fire in Co Fermanagh which left his mother critically injured.

The man in his 30s, named locally as Colin Faulkner, died as a result of the blaze which broke out at his family home at Derryvullan Road in Tamlaght outside Enniskillen in the early hours of yesterday morning. A police spokeswoman last night said they were not treating the blaze as suspicious.

Other members of the family were also injured in the fire — Mr Faulkner’s mother, named locally as Kathleen, sustained serious injuries in the blaze.

She remained at the Erne Hospital last night.

Her husband, known as PC, and her other son, also aged in his 30s and named locally as Sean, were also hurt in the blaze, as well as a number of police officers who were involved in the search and rescue operation to save members of the family trapped inside the property.

A neighbour and friend, Basil Johnston, described the Faulkner family as “well respected” and said the entire community has been devastated by the tragedy.

“I would say the Faulkner family has been here for about 90 or 100 years.

“They are a farming family and are very well known in the community. Colin was one of the family I didn’t know so well but I think he was trained as a musician and he lived at the house with his parents and older brother.

This is a terrible tragedy and my thoughts go out to the family

“As far as I know it’s not good news about Kathleen. I’ve been told she’s in a critical condition in hospital.

“I’ve known the family for a long time and I think a lot of them. They have always been very good neighbours. Everyone is very shocked that something like this could have happened.”

Tom Elliott MLA said: “This is a terrible tragedy and my thoughts go out to the family. I wish everyone who was injured a speedy recovery.”

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