AN elderly gentleman has died after a fire at a property in Derry on Sunday evening.
Police were at the scene of the incident at flats in the Clooney Terrace area of the city.
Investigators are not treating the incident at flat in the Clooney Terrace area of the city as suspicious.
Inspector Lavery of Police Derry City and Strabane said on Monday morning: “Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service extinguished the blaze but, sadly, a man was pronounced dead at the scene.
“Police are conducting enquiries into this death, on behalf of the Coroner.
“At this stage, the death is not being treated as suspicious.”
An eyewitness said that police sealed off the street as fire crews battled the blaze.
Residents in neighbouring properties were then evacuated onto the main road as emergency services dealt with the incident.
At around 8.45pm police reduced the cordon but remained at the property.
Some upstairs windows of neighbouring flats could be seen with cracked windows due to the intensity of the fire.
DUP Foyle MLA Gary Middleton said on Monday morning: “I am deeply saddened to hear that a gentleman has died following the incident at Clooney Terrace, Waterside last night.
“This has come as such a shock to the local community.
“My deepest sympathies are with his family and friends at this sad time.”
UUP Councillor Darren Guy said he was shocked to hear the news.
“It’s a tragic situation and my thoughts go out to the rest of the family at this time,” he said.
Earlier at around 6.30pm on Sunday, a PSNI spokesperson said police and other emergency services were in attendance at the incident, and that Clooney Terrace had been closed in both directions with diversions in place.
The road has since re-opened.Tags: