David Ford MLA said: “I was very saddened to hear of the death of this man. My thoughts and sympathies go out to his family and friends at this difficult time.
“This incident has again highlighted the potential fatal consequences of house fires. I would encourage people to make sure that their smoke detectors are in working order by regularly checking them.
“Every household should also have an escape plan to ensure everybody can leave their property safely in the event of a fire.”