Son battled in vain to save mother from house fire

January 30, 2017

The son of an elderly lady who died in a house fire in Jonesborough last weekend, battled in vain to try and save his mother, it has emerged.

Sally Thompson (94) died after a fire broke out in her home in Bay View at around 7.20pm on Sunday (22nd January).

It is understood Mrs Thompson’s son had returned from getting dinner for his mother to find the kitchen of the semi-detached house engulfed in flames.    He desperately tried to battle the blaze in an attempt to save his mother but was beaten back by the flames.

Neighbours who heard cries for help also rushed to the scene, managing to partially extinguish the flames before the Fire and Rescue Service arrived.

An NIFRS spokesperson confirmed two fire appliances from Newry and Warrenpoint attended the incident but that unfortunately, Mrs Thompson had died in the fire. Her son was treated for smoke inhalation at the scene by firefighters.

Mrs Thompson was very well-known in the area and her tragic passing has cast a cloud of sorrow across the community.

Sinn Féin councillor Mickey Larkin said the victim was very well loved and respected.

“She has lived here in Jonesborough for her entire life, with generations before her also,” he said.

“She was well loved and well respected and a joy to talk to with plenty of stories to tell. It is traumatic for her family and the whole community, everyone is shocked and saddened. She was certainly well loved by everyone.”

Mrs Thompson is survived by her children Michael, Una, Brian, Roisin and Peter.