Little girl, 12, killed in ‘unspeakable and unimaginable’ house fire

Tragedy struck as a 12-year-old girl died in an unimaginable house fire.

Emergency services were called to the scene on in the town of Ballymena, Northern Ireland, around 6pm on Wednesday night, September 30.

John McPoland, from the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service, said that two emergency crews and an Ambulance officer attended the blaze in the Ballykeel part of the town.

One person was taken to Antrim Area Hospital, with their condition unclear, and it is believed a 12-year-old girl passed away.

Local councillor Matthew Armstrong has since paid tribute to the family.

He told Belfast Live: “My deepest sympathies to the family and everyone involved.

“It is an unspeakable and unimaginable tragic event and one in an area that has sadly been no stranger to tragedies in the last short period of time.

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“Sometimes in all honesty there are no words to express or even to imagine what the family are going through at the minute. I am truly devastated and heartbroken for them all.”

Independent councillor Rodney Quigley said: “This is just heartbreaking. The whole community is just numb.

“It’s such a terrible tragedy and my sympathies are with the family of the young girl who has died.”

It comes just hours after a murder investigation was launched in a separate incident in the Ballykeel area.

Donald Fraser-Rennie, 33, was found dead at a flat on the nearby Crebilly Road.

Police described it as a “vicious, sustained and violent beating”.

Democratic Unionist Party Alderman Audrey Wales told the Belfast Telegraph: “This community really must be in such shock, this is two disastrous pieces of news within 24 hours.

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“My heart, sympathies and prayers go out to the child involved and I hope that the community can be assured that they will get all the help that they need from the local council.”

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