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Tributes paid to Co Antrim mum-to-be who died in 'tragic accident'

Sinéad Stewart has died suddenly at her home outside Ballycastle, Co Antrim

A YOUNG mother who died in a tragedy at her Co Antrim home was last night described as "one in a million".

Distraught friends of Sinéad Stewart from Ballycastle, who was pregnant with her second child, have spoke of their devastation following her death.

Ms Stewart, who was in her 20s, died at a property in Whitepark Road, in what her family have said was a "tragic accident".

It had previously been reported she had died in a house fire or may have suffered an asthma attack. However, it is understood she may have suffered a fall.

Police said officers attended the scene of a sudden death on Tuesday at around 5.30pm. A PSNI spokeswoman said her death was "not being treated as suspicious".

The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) also said it "received a call to a report of a chip pan fire in a flat at Whitepark Road, Ballycastle".

A spokeswoman said: "Tragically, a woman in her 20s, who was already outside of the flat prior to the arrival of fire crews, died.

"The fire was already out on arrival of the fire crews.

"Firefighters provided first aid to the woman. The Ambulance Service and the Air Ambulance were also in attendance.

"The fire was accidental. Working smoke alarms were fitted and sounding in the flat.

"Our thoughts and sympathies are with the family and friends of the woman who has died."

Ms Stewart married husband Alistair in 2015 and the couple have a young daughter and were expecting a second child early next year.

Tributes were paid last night to the young woman, with many friends describing her as a "lovely woman and mother" and a "beautiful girl, inside and out".

One pal said she was "beautiful, funny and amazing",while another said she was "one in a million".

Others wrote of their heartbreak on social media, with one commenting: "Cannot believe this is happened one off the nicest kind heart people you will ever meet... shocked is an understatement".

Another friend said: "I can’t believe I am even writing this. I am absolutely devastated. One of my best friends in the whole world my life wouldn’t have been as amazing if you weren’t in it".

Another added: "Actually cannot take in what has just happened. I have no words".

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