Northern Ireland

Elderly woman dies after Belfast house fire

Fire fighters on the scene at Donegall Avenue
Image caption The fire broke out in Donegall Avenue, south Belfast, on Wednesday evening

A woman in her 80s has died following a house fire in south Belfast.

The blaze at the house in Donegall Avenue was reported to police at about 17:45 BST on Wednesday.

A Northern Ireland Ambulance Service spokesman said the woman was taken to hospital in a "serious condition".

PSNI chief insp Gavin Kirkpatrick said she died a short time later, adding: "An investigation into the cause of the fire, which is not believed to be suspicious, has now commenced."

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