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Woman dies following Co Down house fire

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Police have confirmed that a woman in her 60s has died following a house fire in Co Down.

Emergency services were called to the scene at a house on Ballymenoch Road in Holywood shortly before 4.30pm on Friday.

The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.

A PSNI spokesperson said: "Police can confirm that a woman in her 60s has died in a fire at a property on Ballymenoch Road in Holywood on Friday 10 May.

"The cause of the fire, which was reported at around 4.30pm, has not yet been determined and will be subject to investigation, in liaison with the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service."

A Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: "Appliances from Holywood and Knock Fire Stations attended the incident. 

"Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus quickly brought the fire under control. 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, 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."

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