Castlewellan, County Down: 19-year-old woman killed in flat fire
16 January 2016
From the section Northern Ireland
A 19-year-old woman has died in a fire at a flat in Castlewellan in County Down.
The blaze broke out in the bedroom of the property in Lower Square at about 04:00 GMT on Saturday.
Despite efforts by the ambulance service to revive her, she died at the scene.
Twenty-two firefighters worked to bring the blaze under control. It is believed there was no smoke alarm in the flat which is above a butcher’s shop.
Fire service group commander Max Joyce said it is not yet clear what caused the fire.
“The first thing I would like to do is pass condolences to the family – it’s a tragedy for the family and a tragedy for Castlewellan, which is such a close-knit community,” he said.
“Essentially the blaze itself was contained to a bedroom just over the butcher’s and there was a fair bit of heat coming off it.
“Our breathing apparatus teams managed to make their way through, fought their way through, to get to the young girl.”
Source:: BBC UK