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Ballymena house blaze woman now in stable condition

By Lesley Houston

Published 14/01/2016

Around 29 firefighters tackled the inferno at Woodcraft Brae
Around 29 firefighters tackled the inferno at Woodcraft Brae

The condition of a woman left fighting for her life after a fire at her house in Ballymena has improved.

The woman in her mid-50s was in a critical condition in hospital on Tuesday night following the fire at a detached property in the Galgorm area at 6.30pm.

Police confirmed her condition was now stable when it emerged she had been moved from Antrim Area Hospital to Altnagelvin.

PSNI officers investigating the cause of the fire have said they do not believe it was suspicious.

Up to 29 firefighters from Ballymena, Antrim and Kilrea tackled the blaze, which broke out on the ground floor of the two-storey house at Woodcroft Brae. The fire caused substantial damage as it swept through the house.

Initially it was believed two children may have been in the house, but it was later confirmed they had not been there when the fire broke out.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus discovered the woman in a room of the house and rescued her.

Neighbours described the blaze as "very intense".

They also said the woman came from a family of "lovely people" and was the mother of two teenage children, a boy and girl, who attend two different local grammar schools, and other children who are now living away from home.

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