Investigation into fatal Fermanagh fire

Published Saturday, 13 October 2012
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Police and fire crews are investigating a blaze in Enniskillen in which a 42-year-old woman died.

Investigation into fatal Fermanagh fire
The fire at the Windmill Heights property was reported at around 10pm on Friday. (© UTV)

The fire at an end-terrace house in the Windmill Heights area of the Co Fermanagh town was reported shortly before 10pm on Friday.

"It was a young male noticed the smoke was coming from the first floor area. He went to a neighbour very quickly," explained Jim McClintock from the Fire and Rescue Service.

Ambulance and police were first on the scene but could not get to the woman because of heavy smoke.

Two fire fighters wearing breathing apparatus got into the first floor bedroom at the back of the house where they found the woman. She was taken to the South West Acute Hospital in Enniskillen, where she later died.

"It was a traumatic incident, the ambulance crews and PSNI crews were there just before us," said Mr McClintock, a station commander.

"There was a quick response from the three emergency services and they worked to get the lady removed. Unfortunately we are the only trained organisation to enter smoke-filled accommodation.

"There's a joint PSNI and Fire Service investigation underway and hopefully this will determine the cause of the fire," he added.

Mr McClintock commented that there are no indications that the fire, which was centred in the rear first floor bedroom, was started deliberately.

© UTV News
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