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Magherafelt man Terry McCann dies following blaze at his home

By Cate McCurry

A man aged in his 50s has died following a fire at his home in Co Londonderry.

Named locally as Terry McCann, the man was found dead by firefighters at his bungalow in Magherafelt.

The firefighters were called to Highfield Road shortly after 3.30pm on Sunday.

A small fire in the living room of the semi-detached bungalow had already burnt itself out by the time they arrived at the scene.

Darren Totten, a Sinn Fein councillor in Magherafelt, expressed the community's sadness. He said: "It's sad to see the untimely loss of a member of our community under such tragic circumstances.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

"It comes as a sharp reminder to us all to ensure our homes are safe and precautions - such as working smoke alarms and extinguishers - are in place."

A spokesman for the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) said the cause of the fire was accidental.

"The thoughts and sympathies of NIFRS are with the family and friends of the man who died following a house fire in Magherafelt," the spokesman said.

"NIFRS was notified by PSNI at 3.34pm about a fire in a house in Highfield Road, Magherafelt.

"A small fire in the living room of the semi-detached bungalow had already burnt itself out prior to the arrival of the emergency services.

"Tragically, a man in his 50s had died.

"NIFRS Fire Investigation Officers attended the incident. No firefighting action was required. The cause of the fire has been confirmed as accidental."

Christine McFlynn, an SDLP councillor in the area, said: "I was saddened to hear there was a fire in Magherafelt which resulted in the loss of life for a male resident and I sympathise with the family at this sad time.

"It's a tragedy and I am sure the community will rally round the family to help in any way they can."

The PSNI said the cause of the fire is being investigated but they are not treating it as suspicious.

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