28/01/2005

Two people perish in Derry house fire

Two people, both reported to be in their 40s, have died in a house fire in Londonderry in the early hours of Friday morning.

The bodies were discovered in the hallway near to the front door of a house at Cashelhill Park in the Shantallow area at around 3.30am this morning.

One of the bodies, a male, is believed to be that of a neighbour of the dead woman. He is thought to have died while attempting to rescue her when a smoke alarm had alerted him to the fire.

The cause of the blaze has not yet been ascertained. However, it is believed to have been largely confined to a bedroom in the house. The Fire Service confirmed that a further examination of the scene is to be carried out.

Elsewhere overnight, army bomb experts made safe an incendiary device found in a shop in Hill Street in Newry.

Police asked keyholders in Newry to return to search their premises following the discovery on Wednesday evening.

Earlier in the week, police had warned shop owners to be on the alert after a weekend fire at a shop in Strabane, which was caused by an incendiary device.

(MB/SP)

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