Police can confirm a man has sadly died following a house fire in Newry last night (Friday).
Police were alerted to the blaze at a house in Park View, Cloughoge, at around 11:40pm by the Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) who were in attendance.
Police and the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service (NIAS) also attended the scene.
NIFRS reported they had recovered two men from the property, one of whom was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.
The second man was taken to hospital by the NIAS where he remains today in a critical condition.
Detective Inspector Handley said: “An investigation is underway to determine the cause of the fire, and our officers have been in the area conducting enquiries. We would appeal to anyone with information they believe may assist our investigation to call us.”
Anyone with information is asked to call detectives at Ardmore on 101, and quote reference number 2294 of 21/05/21. A report can also be made online using our non-emergency reporting form via http://www.psni.police.uk/makeareport/
You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at http://crimestoppers-uk.org/.
Sinn Fein MLA Liz Kimmins said: “Sad news this morning in Cloughogue following the death of one of our neighbours in a house fire in Park View, with another man taken to hospital.
“PSNI and forensics remain at the scene.
“Sending my sincere condolences to the family of the deceased man and hoping the second man makes a speedy recovery.”
SDLP MLA for the area, Justin McNulty, commented: “I’ve just left the scene of a sadly fatal house fire overnight at Park View in Cloghouge.
“My sympathies with the family, friends and community of the gentleman who was sadly deceased.
“I know there is another person in the Royal and I pray they are able to make a full recovery.”