Belfast Telegraph

Man dies in Downpatrick house fire

A man is believed to have died in a house fire in Co Down.

The Northern Ireland Fire Service were called to Cathedral View in Downpatrick at around 6pm on Friday April 1.

The Ambulance Service also attended after receiving a call at around 5.50pm.

The man has been described as a popular neighbour who is understood to leave behind a wife and a daughter.

Sinn Fein MLA Chris Hazzard told the Belfast Telegraph: "A gentleman has been killed in a house fire.

"He was a husband and a father of one, so it's very tragic for the family.

"I've been able to speak to one of the neighbours who was able to say he was a very friendly and popular man."

"The wider community is in total shock we have actually had a run of bad news in situations like this over the past couple of years in south Down.

"But I'm confident the Downpatrick community will rally around the family, it is terrible news to have to deal with, a daughter has lost her father, a wife has lost her husband and the residents of Cathedral View have lost a very popular nieghbour. My thoughts go out to family and friends at this time."

SDLP councillor Colin McGrath added: "It's a very tragic event.

"The community is just in shock at getting the news and they will hopefully rally around and support the family where they can at this very difficult time for them."

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