Belfast Telegraph

Man, 90, dies in blaze at flat

A 90-year-old man has died and two others were taken to hospital after a fire at a flat in Co Fermanagh.

Firefighers wearing breathing apparatus tried to rescue the pensioner who was found lying in the hallway of the first floor property at Main Street, Tempo. He died at the scene.

Another man in his 60s who tried to help and a woman from an adjacent flat were taken to hospital suffering from the effects of smoke inhalation.

A spokeswoman for the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service said: "Two fire appliances from Enniskillen fire station and two fire appliances from Lisnaskea fire station attended the scene.

"Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus entered the flat and sadly found a 90-year-old male fatality in the hallway of the flat.

"Fire crews dealt with a significant fire in the property."

It is understood the flat, which is above a greengrocer's shop, has been destroyed.

Roads around the scene of the fire were sealed as emergency workers battled to bring the flames under control but have since re-opened to traffic.

Sinn Fein MLA Phil Flanagan said the close-knit Tempo community has been left stunned by the tragedy.

"This is a deeply tragic event and my thoughts and sympathies are with the family and friends of the deceased victim, who was very well known in the local area," he said.

"The whole community is shocked by this incident and it will take some time for people to come to terms with the news that a man has lost his life."

The Police Service of Northern Ireland said the cause of the blaze was under investigation.

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