Northern Ireland

Woman dies in house fire at Maralin Avenue, Lisburn

Scene of Lisburn fire
Image caption Firefighters discovered the woman in the living room

A woman in her 60s has died following a house fire in Lisburn.

The Fire and Rescue Service said they responded to an incident at Maralin Avenue in the city at 0943 BST.

A NIFRS spokesperson confirmed the woman was found dead in the living room of the bungalow.

"Early indications would suggest the fire was accidental," they added. The alarm was raised by care workers who had called to the house.

When firefighters entered the end terrace property they discovered the dead woman in the living room where a small fire had burnt itself out.

Four fire appliances had attended the scene but no action was taken by firefighters.

They also confirmed that there were two smoke alarms in the house and both were working.

Assistant Chief Fire Officer Dale Ashford said: "The actual circumstances of the fire are obviously still under investigation.

"But what we do know is that it appeared to have been an accidental fire in the premises and unfortunately she wasn't able to get out."