Northern Ireland

Antrim house fire victim named locally as Susan Melvin

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Media captionSusie Melvin's body was found after a blaze at the property at Tower Link, in the Parkhall housing estate, on Monday evening

The woman who was found dead in a house fire in Antrim on Monday has been named locally as Susan Melvin, who was in her 50s.

Her body was found after the fire at Tower Link, in the Parkhall housing estate, on Monday evening.

Fire crews were called to the scene shortly after 18:00 BST.

A police cordon was still in place outside the house on Tuesday morning and further forensic examinations are expected to take place later.

'Well known'

Antrim and Newtownabbey councillor Adrian Cochrane-Watson said there was "total shock" and "disbelief" in the local community over Ms Melvin's sudden death.

"I grew up several streets away from here. This is a very tight, very respectful community - everyone knows everyone," he said.

Three fire engines attended the incident on Monday, and on arrival firefighters discovered there had been a "small fire" in the house.

The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service said the cause of the fatal blaze is still under investigation.

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