Tragedy after Derry house fire

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Police have confirmed that a man aged in his 20s has died in a house fire at De Burgh Square in Derry

The fire service was alerted to the blaze shortly after 11am this morning after neighbours spotted smoke.

FIRE TRAGEDY. . . . .Senior Police and Fire Officers arrive  at the scene of a house in De Burgh Square, Derry yesterday morning in which a young man in his 20s lost his life. DER1715MC007

FIRE TRAGEDY. . . . .Senior Police and Fire Officers arrive at the scene of a house in De Burgh Square, Derry yesterday morning in which a young man in his 20s lost his life. DER1715MC007

The man was found in a living room of the house and declared dead at the scene. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

Members of the Fire and Rescue services remain at the property this afternoon. A NIFRS spokesperson has this afternoon said: “Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) received a report of a fire at a two storey mid-terrace house at the DeBurgh Square, Northland area, Foyle at 11:14am on Monday 27th April.

“Two Fire Appliances from Northland Fire Station and one Fire Appliance from Crescent Link Fire Station attended the scene. Six Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus entered the property and found a man at the ground floor of the premises. No one else was inside the property at the time of the incident.

“Tragically, the man was pronounced dead at the scene. The smoke alarms in the property had been activated and Fire & Rescue personnel remain at the scene. Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue personnel alongside officers from the Police Service of Northern Ireland are working to determine the cause of the fire. Early indications would suggest the fire started accidentally.”

One local resident who spoke to the Journal at the scene said: “It’s terrible, very worrying for everyone. There are a lot of students and young families in this area. It’s awful to think that someone might have lost their life like this.”

Sinn Fein Councillor Mickey Cooper who was also at the scene expressed his condolences to the family of the young man.

He added: “The entire community are in shock at the terribly sad news in this area this morning.”

SDLP Foyle Westminster candidate Mark Durkan has expressed his sadness at the death of a young man in a house fire in the De Burgh Square area of Derry today.

Mr Durkan said: “This news comes with a great sense of shock not only to immediate neighbours but to the entire community.

“My initial thoughts are for the bereaved family of this young man to whom I send my deepest sympathies and sincere condolences at this very distressing time.

“It is a terrible tragedy for someone so young to have died in these circumstances.”