Ritchie saddened by Newcastle fire death

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Friday, July 20th, 2012
SDLP South Down MP Margaret Ritchie has said she was saddened by the news of the death of a woman in her 60s in a house fire in Merrion Avenue, Newcastle. The Fire Service was called to the woman’s property at around 9.20am yesterday (Thursday) morning to tackle the blaze and a spokesperson for the PSNI said they were investigating the circumstances surrounding the fire. Speaking to Newry Times, Ritchie described the fire as a ‘very tragic event’. “It has claimed the life of a woman whom I believe was very well-known and well-liked in the Newcastle area. My deepest sympathies and prayers go to her family and anyone else who was close to her.” “I commend the efforts of the Fire and Rescue service whose officers fought the blaze most valiantly but were, unfortunately, unable to save this lady’s life. She added, “Although the circumstances surrounding this fire are unclear, I still urge householders to heed Fire Service advice about making sure their homes are as fireproof as possible and to always plan for escape in case of emergency.”
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