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Man injured following fire on Co Armagh farm

By David Young

Published 23/10/2015

The PSNI put in place extensive traffic diversions during the incident at Dunesmullan Road, just outside the village
The PSNI put in place extensive traffic diversions during the incident at Dunesmullan Road, just outside the village

A man in his 30s has been rushed to hospital suffering from burns and smoke inhalation after he tried to rescue livestock trapped in a fire on a farm near Markethill in Co Armagh.

Emergency services raced to the scene just before 4pm yesterday, where gas cylinders had exploded.

The farmer - who has not been named - was taken to hospital for urgent treatment. His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

A Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said at least seven gas cylinders in the outhouse had exploded as the flames took hold.

Portadown NI Fire and Rescue Service Commander Gary Magwood told the Belfast Telegraph: "The injured man was involved in welding operations on the property .

"When he became aware of the fire he tried to rescue the animals and became caught up in the blaze.

"This incident also involved a number of acetylene gas cylinders and compressed air cylinders, which were exploding during the incident.

"There were eight explosions in total, which threw debris and shrapnel across neighbouring fields and on to the roadway.

"The fire has now been extinguished, and an investigation into its cause is under way."

The PSNI put in place extensive traffic diversions during the incident at Dunesmullan Road, just outside the village.

Motorists were advised to avoid the area and there were long tail-backs as a result of the incident.

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