A woman has died in a house fire in Holywood in Co Down, sparking an investigation into the cause of the blaze.

The fire broke out at the property in the Ballymenoch Road area shortly before 4.30pm on Friday.

The Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service has just released details, saying crews from Holywood and Knock fire stations attended the scene and brought the fire under control.

A spokesperson said: “Unfortunately, a woman has lost her life in this tragic incident.

“The thoughts and sympathies of all those in Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service are with her family and friends of the deceased.”

The spokesperson added: “The cause of the fire is under investigation.”