Northern Ireland

Man's body found in fume-filled Fermanagh house

House on the Kesh Road
Image caption Police are carrying out tests into the cause of the incident

A man in his 50s has been found dead and his wife is critically ill in hospital after an incident at a house in County Fermanagh.

The man, who has been named locally as Killian Scallon, and his wife Pauline were discovered by the fire service at about 1100 GMT on Wednesday.

Police said they were investigating reports that the house on Kesh Road in Irvinestown was filled with fumes.

Mrs Scallon was transferred from the Erne Hospital to the RVH in Belfast.

Tests will now be carried out to establish what happened.

The Ulster Unionist leader Tom Elliott MLA who knew Mr Scallon expressed his sympathy to the family.

'Difficult time'

"The family are well known locally and this will be a huge shock to them and to the whole community," he said.

"I knew the victim personally and I would like to extend my sincere sympathies to the entire family circle at what will be a hugely difficult time."

SDLP Fermanagh and South Tyrone MLA Tommy Gallagher said people in Irvinestown were extremely saddened at the news.

"There is a real shock and sadness in the Irvinestown area about this tragic death and I want to express my sympathy to the family of the man who lost his life," he said.

"The victim was a very popular man, known throughout the west and I know that everybody in the local community will have his wife in their thoughts and prayers."