Police investigation continues into fatal fire in Holywood
Investigations are continuing into a fatal house fire in Co Down which claimed the life of a woman in her 60s.
Emergency services were called to the scene at a house on Ballymenoch Road in Holywood shortly before 4.30pm on Friday.
Fire appliances from Holywood and Knock stations attended the incident before firefighters wearing breathing apparatus quickly brought the blaze under control. Using a thermal imaging camera, they extinguished the fire and found the body of the 66-year-old woman inside.
It is believed that the woman, whose name has not yet been released, was home alone at the time while her husband was at work.
One neighbour, who attended the scene after spotting smoke coming from the eaves of the property, described it as "heart-wrenching", adding that there was "just smoke everywhere".
A spokesperson for the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service said: "Unfortunately a woman has lost her life in this tragic incident.
"The thoughts and sympathies of all those in Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service are with her family and friends of the deceased. The cause of the fire is under investigation."
Gordon Dunne, a DUP MLA for North Down, said: "I am shocked and saddened to learn that a lady has died in a house fire in Holywood on Friday evening and my thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of this lady at this time.
"This house fire took place in a quiet residential area.
"I know the local community is also saddened by this tragic event."
Alliance councillor in Holywood and Clandeboye, Gillian Greer, added: "I would like to offer my condolences to the family and friends of the lady who tragically died in a house fire in Holywood on Friday evening. My thoughts and prayers are with them."