Magherafelt fire death was a 'terrible tragedy' - parish priest

Terence McCann who died in a house fire at Magherafelt
Terence McCann who died in a house fire at Magherafelt

The man who died in yesterday's house fire in Magherafelt has been named locally at Terence (Terry) McCann.

Mr McCann, who was 52, was found at his Highfield Road bungalow on Sunday.

Police are investigating the incident but say there is nothing suspicious.

Magherafelt parish priest, Fr John Gates described it as a "terrible tragedy."

"I would just like to extend my condolences to his family at this sad time," he said.

Local SDLP Councillor Christine McFlynn said she was saddened to hear of the death, and extended her condolences to the family.

"The Fire Service attended the scene along with PSNI, but unfortunately the gentleman couldn’t be saved," she said.

" It’s a tragedy and I’m sure the community will rally round the family to help in any way they can."

Mr McCann was originally from Moneynick, Randalstown, but had been living in Magherafelt for some time.