One fatal accidental house fire in Dungannon during 2015

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The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) is asking householders to be extra vigilant this year, as they reveal there was an increase in the number of fatal accidental house fires in 2015 - including one in Dungannon.

A spokesperson for NIFRS told the TIMES that incident took place on Wednesday June 10 2015 at Eastvale Avenue in the town.

Across Northern Ireland as a whole, 11 people lost their lives in accidental dwelling fires this past year.

Alan Walmsley, Assistant Chief Fire Officer, said: “Our thoughts are with the families and friends of the 11 people who lost their lives in accidental house fires last year. For us, as a fire and rescue service, one accidental fire death is one too many and we want to reach a stage where we have no fatalities in Northern Ireland due to accidental houses fires. We remain steadfast in our commitment to achieving that.”

Emphasising that no one is immune to fire in their homes, Mr Walmsley added: “People aged over 65, people with mobility issues or a sensory impairment who also smoke are deemed higher risk to the dangers of fire and we will continue to work hard to identify and help those people.”