Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 2 August 2014

50 people evacuated after chip pan blaze

Fire crews in Londonderry were called to tackle three separate blazes in the city last night.

Around 50 people had to be evacuated from housing association flats at Rockmills on Strand Road after an unattended chip pan caught fire at about 8.15pm.

Substantial damage was caused to the kitchen of the third floor property and firefighters in breathing apparatus rescued three men. In total 22 firefighters attended the scene in six appliances. It took around half an hour for the flames to be extinguished.

Fire and Rescue Service station commander Kevin Lynch said the blaze was being treated as accidental. He added: “A heat detector was in operation and was able to alert people, but in total 50 people were temporarily moved from their home.”

Shortly after crews were redirected to tackle another fire in a first floor flat on Cable Street.

It is understood the property was affected by flooding. When power was restored a cooker that had been left on caught alight.

Nobody was in the premises at the time. This blaze was also being treated as accidental.

Around 5.15pm a woman in her mid-30s was found unconscious in an upstairs bedroom after a fire at a house on Ardfoyle in the Brandywell area.

She was carried to safety by firefighters wearing breathing apparatus and taken to hospital by ambulance. The cause of the fire is being investigated.

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