Belfast Telegraph

Neighbours tell of shock as man dies in Belfast house fire

By Nevin Farrell

A man in his 60s has died following a fire at a house in north Belfast.

Firefighters were called to a property at Ladbrook Drive in Ardoyne around 7.30pm.

A Fire Service spokesman said police were handling press inquiries and late last night police had not commented.

The scene was sealed off last night as investigations into the cause of the fire got under way as neighbours gathered. One eye-witness said: "There doesn't appear to be much damage to the outside of the house.

"However, this is a tragedy and local people are shocked."

At Easter this year, a young couple nearly died, along with their baby girl, in a house fire in Ardoyne.

Colum Largey and Christina Duffy's 13-week-old baby girl Holly were just minutes from death before being pulled from the blaze in Jamaica Street.

Neighbours broke down the door of the property in a frantic bid to rescue them, but the smoke was too intense.

When firefighters rescued the young family, they were all unconscious and it took 20 firefighters with four engines to extinguish the blaze.

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