INVESTIGATIONS are continuing into the cause of a fire which tragically claimed the life of a 77-year-old pensioner at the weekend.
The man has been named locally as retired craftsman, Malachy McGuigan. He lived alone in his single storey detached bungalow at Botera Upper Road, approximately 10 miles outside Omagh. He was predeceased by his wife, Christine, a number of years ago. It is understood Mr McGuigan was one of a large family.
The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) attended the blaze after receiving the emergency call at 8.59pm on Friday night. Two fire appliances from Omagh Fire Station, one fire appliance from Fintona Fire Station and one fire appliance from Dromore Fire Station attended the incident.
“Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus entered the property and carried out a search. Sadly a 77-year -old man was confirmed dead at the scene. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined and will be subject to investigation, in liaison with the PSNI. The incident was dealt with at 11.09pm. The thoughts and sympathies of Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service are with the family and friends of the man who died," said a spokesperson for the service.
A forensic unit from the NIFRS worked at the scene of the fire until Monday. Members of the extended McGuigan family then boarded up the home.
A spokesperson for the PSNI said yesterday afternoon, (Tuesday), that the cause of the fire had not yet been determined and would be subject to investigation, in liaison with the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service.
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