Belfast Telegraph

Body found following house fire

Police are investigating after a body was found at the scene of a fire in Belfast.

The remains were found following an examination of a house at Rosapenna Parade in the north of the city.

The cause of the blaze h as not yet been established.

Police Service of Northern Ireland Inspector David McBride said: "The cause of the fire is still being investigated."

It is understood the victim is an elderly woman in her late 80s.

Lenny Entwistle from the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service said neighbours had tried to enter the semi detached house but were beaten back by the intensity of the fire.

He said: "Flames were coming out of the first floor and ground floor when we arrived.

" Neighbours were making heroic efforts to gain entry to the house but the fire was so fierce this was impossible."

Four teams of firefighters from across Belfast attended the call at about midday. The property was severely damaged but fire crews were able to prevent the flames spreading to the adjoining dwelling.

Mr Entwistle said the house was too badly damaged to know whether a working smoke alarm had been fitted.

He added: "It is too early at this stage to say how the fire started.

"I would urge everyone to test their fire alarms to ensure they are working in light of this tragedy."


From Belfast Telegraph