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Man in 50s dies in Armagh house fire

Firefighters were called to the scene of the fatal house fire in Armagh on Thursday afternoon. Credit: NIFRS

A man in his 50s has been found dead at the scene of a house fire in Armagh.

Firefighters were alerted to a potential fire in an end terrace house in the St Brigid’s Hill area shortly after 4pm on Thursday.

However, they found a small fire in the living room had burnt itself out before they arrived.

A spokesperson for the Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service said: “The fire appeared to have occurred earlier in the day and tragically a man in his 50s was confirmed dead at the scene.”

The cause of the fire has been confirmed as accidental.

Firefighters have extended their sympathies to the man’s family and friends and are urging others to be aware of the increased risks of accidental fire in winter months.

“We are appealing for people to be vigilant about fire safety at this time of year and to look out for older family and friends – in particular those living alone in our community,” the spokesperson added.

“Local Firefighters will be in the St Brigid’s Hill and neighbouring areas of Armagh early next week providing fire safety advice to people in the local community.

“If you are concerned about your fire safety, or that of an older family member or friend, visit www.nifrs.org for more information or to arrange a free home fire safety check.”