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Mother and father of Stormont MLA Alex Easton killed in home fireplace

The mother and father of Stormont Meeting member Alex Easton have died in a home fireplace in Co Down.

Mr Easton’s mom and father died following the blaze on the property within the Dellmount Park space of Bangor, on Monday morning.

Alec and Ann Easton, who had been aged of their 80s, had been handled for accidents however each died on the scene.

Police had been alerted round 8.45am and attended together with firefighters and ambulance personnel. The reason for the hearth is underneath investigation.

Unbiased unionist MLA Mr Easton was previously an extended serving member of the DUP. The North Down consultant stop the DUP in 2021.

The household deeply recognize the work of the Police Service, Hearth Service, Ambulance Service, Air Ambulance Service and all Emergency Responders – we pay tribute to their professionalism and care

“It’s with deep remorse that in the present day we misplaced our expensive mother and father Alec Easton and Ann Easton,” he mentioned.

“The household deeply recognize the work of the Police Service, Hearth Service, Ambulance Service, Air Ambulance Service and all Emergency Responders – we pay tribute to their professionalism and care.

“Right now of household bereavement and grief we request the household’s privateness is revered to permit us time and house as we take care of our loss.

“As a household we’re grateful for all of the prayers and  messages of condolence that we’ve obtained.

“Additional particulars of funeral preparations to comply with.”

Aidan Jennings, assistant chief fireplace and rescue officer with the Northern Eire Hearth and Rescue Service (NIFRS), mentioned: “The ideas and sympathies of Northern Eire Hearth and Rescue Service are with the family members of a pair of their 80s who sadly died following a home fireplace in Bangor this morning.

“This morning at 8.44am, firefighters had been referred to as to experiences of a hearth in a indifferent home in Dellmount Park, Bangor.

“5 home equipment and 19 firefighters had been rapidly on the scene from Bangor, Donaghadee, Newtownards and Holywood Hearth Stations.

“Firefighters rescued two individuals from the home and extinguished the hearth.

Paramedics administered first help to the casualties, however tragically they died on the scene.

“Firefighters left the scene at 12.33pm and the reason for the hearth is at present underneath investigation.”

A PSNI spokesperson mentioned: “This unhappy information will come as an enormous shock to the local people and our ideas are with their family members at this troublesome time.

“An investigation is underneath method to decide the reason for the hearth and our officers have been within the space conducting inquiries.

“We’d enchantment to anybody with info they consider might help our investigation to name us.”

Northern Eire Secretary Chris Heaton-Harris expressed his condolences on Twitter.

“Horrible to listen to this information My ideas and prayers are with Mr Easton and his household and associates,” he posted.

Speaker of the Stormont Meeting Alex Maskey mentioned: “On behalf of myself and the Meeting, I need to specific my sympathies to Alex Easton and his household circle following the tragic demise of Alex’s mother and father.

“Phrases are merely inadequate within the aftermath of a heart-breaking loss reminiscent of this. I do know that many Members and workers within the Meeting group at Parliament Buildings have been shocked by the information and have the Easton household of their ideas.”

DUP Chief Sir Jeffrey Donaldson expressed his sympathies to the Easton household.

“I’ve spoken to Alex earlier in the present day and expressed my sympathies to him right now of unimaginable grief and to guarantee him of our prayerful assist,” he mentioned.

“The ideas of everybody throughout the DUP are with him and the broader household as they battle to soak up this huge loss.

DUP North Down MLA Stephen Dunne added: “I need to supply my sympathy and assist to Alex and his household right now. I grew to become conscious of the incident this morning and I’d pay tribute to the efforts of the emergency companies for his or her efforts on the scene.

“It has shocked the local people in Bangor and the ideas and prayers of everybody within the space are with Alex.”

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