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The scene on Donegall Avenue in south Belfast where a woman in her 80's died after a fire at a property on Wednesday evening. 
Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

The scene on Donegall Avenue in south Belfast where a woman in her 80's died after a fire at a property on Wednesday evening. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

The scene on Donegall Avenue in south Belfast where a woman in her 80's died after a fire at a property on Wednesday evening. 
Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

The scene on Donegall Avenue in south Belfast where a woman in her 80's died after a fire at a property on Wednesday evening. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

The scene on Donegall Avenue in south Belfast where a woman in her 80's died after a fire at a property on Wednesday evening. 
Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

The scene on Donegall Avenue in south Belfast where a woman in her 80's died after a fire at a property on Wednesday evening. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

The scene on Donegall Avenue in south Belfast where a woman in her 80's died after a fire at a property on Wednesday evening. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

A woman in her 80s has died after her house caught fire in south Belfast.

Emergency services were called to Donegall Avenue at 5.45pm on Wednesday.

Chief Inspector Gavin Kirkpatrick said: "Police can confirm that a woman, aged in her 80's, has died following a fire at a house on Donegall Avenue in south Belfast yesterday evening, Wednesday 30 May.

"Police received a report of a fire at a house at around 5.45pm. The woman was taken to hospital for treatment but died a short time later.

"An investigation into the cause of the fire, which is not believed to be suspicious, has now commenced."

A Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) spokesperson said: “The thoughts and sympathies of NIFRS are with the family and friends of the lady who died following a house fire yesterday evening in Belfast.

“NIFRS received a call at 5.41pm to a fire at a two storey mid-terrace house in Donegall Avenue, Belfast.  One lady in her eighties was rescued from the house and was given first aid treatment at the scene by firefighters before she taken to hospital by ambulance.

“The cause of the fire is not believed to be deliberate but the investigation into the cause will take place this morning.

“NIFRS had five fire appliances at the scene – two from Central, two from Springfield and one from Cadogan Station attended. 

"NIFRS will have its Community Advice and Support Team in the area today supporting the community and offering fire safety advice to local residents.”

Belfast Telegraph