Belfast Telegraph

Pregnant woman dies in Ballycastle house blaze

A young mother who was expecting her second child has died after a house fire in Co Antrim.

The woman, aged in her 20s, died following a blaze at the property on Whitepark Road in Ballycastle.

The fire was reported around 5.30pm.

Local councillor Cara McShane said the community had been left devastated.

"The entire town has been left reeling from the news," said the Sinn Fein representative.

"The victim of tonight's tragedy is a young mother, who was also expecting her second child, and her family are well-known in the local area in what is a tight-knit community.

"I have extended my condolences to the family of the victim and I know that people in the local community will rally round to support her husband, child and wider family circle in the difficult days ahead."

Fellow councillor Margaret Anne McKillop said the community had been left stunned.

"There's just a sense of utter shock and horror in the community here after news came through that a young pregnant woman had died in a house fire in Ballycastle," said the SDLP representative.

"My thoughts and prayers are with the young woman's family and friends at this devastating time.

"I can't imagine what they're going through. It's just the worst news you could receive.

"I know the community here will rally round them at this incredibly difficult time."

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