Alliance Downshire councillor Jennifer Coulter has passed on her condolences to the family and friends of a pensioner in Dromara, Sadie Ferguson, who passed away in a house fire in the early hours of this morning.
The alarm was raised to the fire on the Dundrum Road at around 3.30am and when the three fire service crews arrived.
Councillor Coulter commented: ” This is a tragic event and I wish to pass on my condolences to the family. The fire service responded promptly and tried hard to contend with the fire, but it was just too well developed for them to save Ms Ferguson. “
A PSNI-led investigation will be carried out, but it is believed the fire was accidental.
Police said the exact cause of the fire is still under investigation.