Tributes to pensioner who died in Cookstown house fire

The scene of this morning's house fire at Lissan Road in Cookstown
The scene of this morning's house fire at Lissan Road in Cookstown

The elderly man who died in this morning's house fire at Cookstown has been named locally as Victor Wilson.

Mr Wilson, who was in his 80's, was found dead at the scene in his Lissan Road home.

Police say they received a report of a fire at the house around 9.50am this morning.

Emergency Services attended but unfortunately the occupant was found deceased at the scene.

An investigation into the cause of the fire, which is not believed to be suspicious, has now commenced.

Mid Ulster Council Chairman Councillor Trevor Wilson, who lives nearby, said Mr Wilson was "a gentleman" and described the incident as a "terrible tragedy."

He said: “I, like the entire Cookstown community, am extremely saddened to learn of the death of a gentleman in a house fire in Lissan Road this morning.

“I would like to extend my deepest sympathies to his family and friends at this very sad time.”

Ulster Unionist, Sandra Overend MLA, has offered her sympathies to the family of the pensioner who was killed in a house fire in Cookstown on Tuesday morning.

The Mid Ulster MLA said: “I was incredibly saddened to learn of the death of the pensioner in Cookstown on Tuesday morning. Each death is a tragedy, and this one is no different and his loss will be felt by his family circle, as well as the wider Cookstown community.

“I would offer my sincere sympathies to the family and friends of the victim of this tragedy. My thoughts and prayers go out to them at this difficult time. This tragic news also serves as a sad reminder of the dangers of fire in our homes and the need to take preventive measures.”