Couple in 80’s die in house blaze tragedy
Police can confirm that a couple in their 80s, confirmed to be the parents of North Down MLA Alex Easton, have sadly died following a fire in a property in the Dellmount Park area of Bangor this morning, Monday 23 January.
Mr Easton shared the tragic news on social media saying:
"I can’t believe I am having to say this but both my Mum and Dad have passed away, I don’t know what to say, but I would ask that you give myself and my family time to process things and respect our privacy as we grieve."
Police said approximately 8.45am today, it was reported that Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service along with colleagues from the Ambulance Service were in attendance.
The elderly couple were treated for injuries but both tragically died at the scene.
Mayor of Ards and North Down, Councillor Karen Douglas has expressed her sympathies to Alex Easton MLA on the passing of his mother and father.
“My heartfelt and deepest condolences to Alex Easton MLA and family. It was with profound shock and sadness that I learned of the death of his parents. My thoughts and prayers are with Alex and his family at this very sad time”.
Superintendent McDowell commented:
“This sad news will come as a huge shock to the local community and our thoughts are with their loved ones at this difficult time.
"An investigation is underway to determine the cause of the fire and our officers have been in the area conducting enquiries. We would appeal to anyone with information they believe may assist our investigation to call us."
Anyone with information is asked to call detectives in Bangor on 101, and quote reference number 298 of 23/01/23.
TUV leader Jim Allister shared his heartfelt sympathies, saying:
“Words are inadequate at a time such as this. To lose both one’s parents in such horrific circumstances is unimaginable. If those outside the family feel their weakness when asked to comment on such a shattering blow I can only imagine how Alex is coming to terms with this news.
“I extend my heartfelt sympathy to him and his family. Like countless others across Northern Ireland I will remember them in my prayers in the coming days.”