Young woman dies in Castlewellan flat fire

Ellen Finnegan
Ellen Finnegan
(Pic BBC)
(Pic BBC)

A nineteen-year-old woman has died in a fire in a flat in Castlewellan, County Down.

The young woman, named locally as Ellen Finnegan, lived in the property above a butcher's shop.

Tragically, today was the third anniversary of her mother's death.

The fire broke out at around 4am on Lower Square.

Max Joyce of the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue service said it was not yet clear what had started the fire.

He said: "The first thing I would like to do is pass condolences to the family. It's a tragedy for the family and a tragedy for Castlewellan, which is such a close-knit community.

"Essentially the blaze itself was contained to a bedroom just over the butcher's and there was a fair bit of heat coming off it.

"Our breathing apparatus teams managed to make their way through, fought their way through, to get to the young girl."

SDLP MP for the area, Margaret Ritchie, said: "This tragedy will have a profound impact on the entire community.

"It is difficult for most of us to contemplate the grief that is now being felt by this young woman's family and friends, but on behalf of myself and all the people of south

Down I would like to extend our deepest condolences to them at this most difficult time."