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Fire crews praised after rescuing man from Co Armagh house fire

By Michelle Smyth

Published 15/06/2015

The swift action of firefighters has saved the life of a man in a house fire in Co Armagh
The swift action of firefighters has saved the life of a man in a house fire in Co Armagh

The swift action of firefighters has saved the life of a man in a house fire in Co Armagh.

Fire crews were also praised for stopping the spread of a second fire at a wood recycling plant in Newry's Derryboy Road shortly after 6.30am on Saturday.

More than 50 firefighters, six fire appliances and two aerial appliances were tasked to Urban Forest Ltd, which makes animal bedding material out of recycled wood.

The blaze was already well developed by the time crews arrived.

Group Commander Edward Carroll said: "In the early stages there was a considerable risk of the fire spreading but due to the prompt actions of the crews we were able to contain the fire to the building of origin."

Newry and Armagh Sinn Fein MP Mickey Brady praised the "prompt and professional action" of the firefighters.

Meanwhile in Tandragee, a man had a lucky escape after being rescued from a house fire which broke out around 8.30am on Saturday.

Six firefighters with breathing apparatus rescued the man from the living room of the house on the Portadown Road in Co Armagh.

Paramedics treated him at the scene before taking him to Craigavon Area Hospital, where he was in a stable condition yesterday.

Another man managed to escape from the building before fire crews arrived and was also treated at the scene.

It isn't believed that either of the fires were started maliciously.

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