A woman has died in what has been described as a “major fire” in Portadown.
Police have this morning (Tuesday) said they are investigating the circumstances “surrounding the death of a woman in Portadown” and that an update will follow in due course.
Portadown councillor, Kyle Moutray, said he was “shocked and saddened to have wakened to the tragic news that a life has been lost in a major fire in the early hours of this morning in Church Street, Portadown.”
The DUP representative said his “immediate thoughts and prayers are with the family of the deceased”.
“I want to pay tribute to the fast actions of the emergency services who responded to the fire and worked to save lives, their actions and swift response are to be commended.
“I also want to thank the staff from the Health Trust and from the Council who very quickly responded in setting up an emergency centre to support those evacuated from their homes.
“Additionally, I would ask that as the Police and Fire Service deal with the aftermath of this tragedy they are given space and time to complete their investigations.”
Speaking on the issue, Carla Lockhart MP, said: “Very sad news this morning coming from Portadown with the confirmation that the police are investigating the death of a woman following a house fire. My thoughts are with the family and friends of the deceased.
“The investigation into the incident is at a very early stage and I would urge everyone to allow for the investigation to take place without getting into speculation or putting details on Facebook.
“As a result of the major fire and the death, Church Street in Portadown will remain closed for the duration of the day. Thank you to our emergency services including our local fire fighters and all those who responded to the incident.
“I will be continuing to liaise with the PSNI throughout the course of the day.”
“The police investigation is ongoing and I would call for anyone with information which would assist police enquiries to come forward.”
SDLP Councillor Eamon McNeill also offered his condolences to the family and friends of the deceased woman.