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On Wednesday, the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service (NIAS) was called to a home in the Ballykeel area of Ballymena, County Antrim, about 5:50pm.

A 12-year-old girl tragically died in a home fire in Northern Ireland.

On Wednesday, the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service (NIAS) was called to a house in the Ballykeel area of Ballymena, County Antrim, at about 5 : 50pm.

Following the fire, a person was taken to the Antrim Area Hospital for treatment, according to the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service (NIAS).

Details of the case are still emerging, but local councillor Matthew Armstrong has labelled it an ‘unimaginable and tragic event’.

He told Belfast Live: ‘My deepest sympathies to the family and everyone involved. It is an unimaginable and tragic event and one in an area that has unfortunately not been the first to be hit in a short time period of events.

Mervyn Storey said: ‘This is indeed a tragedy.

The family is going through the grief, and they will need all the support and comfort the local community and further afield can give them.

Assembly member Jim Allister added that the estate had fallen into sorrow.

He said: ‘To hear about this young girl’s death now is devastation. The community rescue efforts were worthy but were ultimately of no avail in relation to the child.

It is the second tragedy to have rocked Ballykeel community in the last 24 hours.

Hours earlier, police announced they had opened a murder investigation into Donald Fraser-Rennie’s death.

Two men, 29 and 33 years old, have been arrested for suspected murder. They remain in police custody.

This is a breaking story – more follows.

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