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Third person dies in house fire in Northern Ireland in one week

A man in his 70s has died in a house fire in Co Tyrone bringing the total number of people killed in house fires in Northern Ireland to three over the past week.

The man died in a fire in the Botera Road area of Clanabogan, outside Omagh on Friday evening.

Police and the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service are investigating the cause of the fire.

Assistant Chief Fire Officer Alan Walmsley told UTV it was the third death from a house fire in one week.

Lorry driver Kevin Laverty died and five firefighters were hurt in a house fire near Toomebridge, Co Antrim on Wednesday evening.

A man in his 50s was killed in a fire caused by an electrical fault in the Sydenham area of east Belfast on Saturday.

"Last year, four people lost their lives in accidental house fires in Northern Ireland, which was the lowest on record," Assistant Chief Fire Officer Walmsley said.

"But in the last seven days alone, we've had three."

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