Man dies in Downpatrick house fire

PACEMAKER BELFAST   01/04/2016 The scene of a house fire in downpatrick where there has been a reported fatality. Picture Matt Bohill.PACEMAKER BELFAST

PACEMAKER BELFAST 01/04/2016 The scene of a house fire in downpatrick where there has been a reported fatality. Picture Matt Bohill.PACEMAKER BELFAST

Tributes have been paid to the man who died after a house fire in Downpatrick.

Firefighters attended the scene of the blaze in Cathedral View in the town just before 6pm on Friday night but the man lost his life.

PACEMAKER BELFAST   01/04/2016 The scene of a house fire in downpatrick where there has been a reported fatality. Picture Matt Bohill.PACEMAKER BELFAST

PACEMAKER BELFAST 01/04/2016 The scene of a house fire in downpatrick where there has been a reported fatality. Picture Matt Bohill.PACEMAKER BELFAST

Margaret Ritchie, the South Down MLA said: “It is with a deep sense of sadness that I learnt of the tragic death of a man in Cathedral View in Downpatrick last evening as a result of a house fire.

“My thoughts and prayers are with the man who lost his life; his family, relatives and friends. They must be suffering from immeasurable grief at this time of grave sorrow.

“My deepest sympathies to the bereaved in their sad loss. The people of Downpatrick will stand shoulder to shoulder as a symbol of support and solidarity with the family of this man who lost his life in the days, weeks and months to come.”