Woman dies in Belfast house fire

One person is believed to have died in a house fire in Belfast.

Police and the Fire Service are attending the blaze at Chichester Park north on the Antrim Road.

A police spokesperson said they believe there is one fatality.

Meanwhile, firefighters are trying to bring a blaze at a garage in Millisle, County Down under control and have closed roads and evacuated 10 families in the immediate vicinity.

A 200m exclusion zone has been placed around the building on the Donaghadee Road.

Motorists are being advised to avoid the road and take alternative routes.

The Donaghadee Community Centre has been opened for anyone who needs accommodation.

The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service said two oxy acetylene cylinders were contained within the building and have closed off the surrounding area for safety reasons.

The PSNI said diversions are in place via the Moss Road and Craigboy Road and the Department of Environment has been advised to ensure the diversionary routes are gritted.

The police said these diversions could be in place for up to 24hrs.

Councillor Jonathan Bell commended the Fire Service for their prompt response to the fire.

He said: “The fire this evening concerned a garage and acetyline used for welding which has highly explosive qualities.

“Once again it is our Police and Fire Service which we depend on for their expertise in times of emergency”

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