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West Belfast house fire victim named locally as Danny Doherty

West Belfast MP Paul Maskey said the community was shocked by the house fire death in Lenadoon. Picture by Hugh Russell
Staff Reporter

AN elderly man who died in a house fire in west Belfast has been named locally as Danny Doherty.

Firefighters were called to the two-storey property on Lenadoon Avenue at around 8am yesterday.

Two fire appliances from Springfield Fire Station attended the incident.

When firefighters arrived, the fire was out but the body of Mr Doherty, believed to be in his 80s, was found at the scene.

Geoff Somerville, Group Commander, Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service said: "The incident was dealt with by 9.59am and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

"The thoughts and sympathies of Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service are with the loved ones of a man who died following a fire on Lenadoon Avenue, Belfast."

West Belfast MP Paul Maskey told the Irish News last night that the death had "shocked" the area.

"This is a terrible tragedy for the family to face, and I offered commiserations on behalf of the wider west Belfast community when I visited them this afternoon," he said.

"People in Lenadoon are shocked at what has happened, and our thoughts will remain with the family as they grieve their loss at this difficult time."

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