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Almost £10,000 raised for family made homeless in Castlewellan fire

Almost £10,000 has been raised for a family made homeless by a fire in Castlewellan, Co Down.

Fire broke out in the Mill Hill area of the town in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Seven fire engines and 35 firefighters tackled the blaze.

One home was destroyed and another badly damaged.

A family managed to escape injury from one of the houses after being alerted by a neighbour.

It is understood they lost a number of possessions, including their Christmas presents.

Part of the street had to be cordoned off over fears the buildings may be structurally unsafe.

In the aftermath of the fire, the community dug deep to help the family.

A JustGiving page was set up on Saturday and by Sunday evening, £9,400 was raised.

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