01/02/2008

Deadly Shed Fire 'Not Suspicious'

A man in his 60s has died in a house fire in Co Fermanagh.

Enquiries are ongoing into the cause of the fire but it is understood that it is not being treated as suspicious.

The victim's two pet dogs have also perished in the blaze that started in a shed close to the house on the Snowhill Road in Lisballaw.

Emergency services were called to the scene just before 4.30pm on Thursday afternoon.

Police enquires into the fatal fire resumed today (Friday) but a spokesman said: "Initial inquiries suggest there were no suspicious circumstances."

The PSNI and the Fire and Rescue Service were made aware of the fire at the shed at Snowhill Drive at 4.25pm yesterday.

Senior firefighter John Hamill, from the Fire Service in Enniskillen, who has since returned to the scene of the blaze to conduct further examinations with staff from the Forensic Science Agency said: "We were called to a fire at a small workshop at the rear of a farmhouse and when we arrived, the fire was well developed.

"The roof of the building had collapsed and we found the body of a man and his two dogs inside.

"There is no indication this fire was suspicious but at this stage we don't know how it started."

(BMcC)




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