Investigation launched after woman dies in house fire

The Green are of Holywood in North Down
The Green are of Holywood in North Down

A woman in her 50s has died following a house fire, police have confirmed.

The blaze happened at a property in The Green area of Holywood earlier today.

Police received a report of a fire at a house shortly before 12.15pm. Emergency services attended but unfortunately the woman was found dead at the scene.

An investigation into the cause of the fire is now under way.

The DUP's Gordon Dunne, a North Down MLA, said: "I am shocked and saddened that a woman has died in a fire at her home in Holywood today. Thoughts and prayers with her family at this tragic time."

A significant presence from the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) were at a property earlier this afternoon and police were also at the scene.

Images from social media showed at least three NIFRS appliances in the area, as well as a number of police vehicles.

A Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) spokesperson said: “We received a call today (27 September 2017) at 12.12pm to attend a fire in a two-storey mid terrace house at The Green, Holywood..

“Three fire appliances, one from Holywood Fire Station and two from Knock Fire Station, attended the incident to deal with a fire.

“The cause of the fire is under investigation.”