Richhill ‘shocked’ after 93-year-old man’s house fire death

Malcolm and Lillian Troughton were rescued from the fire in their house on Sunday
Malcolm and Lillian Troughton were rescued from the fire in their house on Sunday

Tributes have been paid to 93-year-old house fire victim Malcolm Troughton who died in hospital on Tuesday.

Mr Troughton’s 86-year-old wife Lillian last night remained in Craigavon Area Hospital in “a stable condition”, after being taken there with her husband on Sunday from their bungalow at Richmond Heights in Richhill.

A spokesman for Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service expressed their sympathies to the family.

They said on Sunday “firefighters rescued a 93-year-old man and an 86-year-old woman from the fire in a detached bungalow”.

“Once rescued they received initial first aid treatment from firefighters at the scene and NIFRS also worked with NI Ambulance Service at the scene.

“Both casualties were then taken to Craigavon Area Hospital by ambulance,” he added.

He said the “cause of the fire was accidental” and that the smoke alarm had alerted the occupiers to the fire.

“They alerted Fold Telecare through the use of their panic buttons and Fold Telecare dialled 999,” he added.

DUP MLA William Irwin, who knew Mr Troughton, said news of his death sent “shock waves around Richhill”.

“I knew him for many years,” he said.

“He worked in the Department of Agriculture for many years, in fact for a good part of his life.

“He was a part-time farmer as well and had lived on the outskirts of Richhill village, before moving into the village in his later years.”

Mr Irwin said Mr Troughton had “looked after his wife and was still alert with all his wits about him, in spite of his years”.

“So it was a shock to people who knew him to hear he had died, because he is so widely known in the village,” he added.

“When a man lives 93 years, it is very hard for his family to see him lose his life in these circumstances.

“I want to send them my sincere condolences,” he said.

Mr Troughton’s funeral will take place on Friday in St Matthew’s Parish Church in Richhill at 2pm.

Committal will take place afterwards in Kilmore Parish Church graveyard.

He will be deeply missed by his wife Lillian, children Jenny, Colin and Philip and wider family circle.