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Neighbour praised for rescue of couple from Northern Ireland house fire

The fire service has praised the actions of a neighbour in his rescue of a couple from a house fire.

Fire erupted at the bungalow in the Altcar Park area of Galliagh in Londonderry on Saturday night.

Noticing the fire, neighbour Sean McLaughlin pulled the couple - including one in a wheelchair - to safety.

He has been praised for his actions.

"This was very nearly a double tragedy, if it were not for Sean who went into the house and saved the two occupants," fire station commander Andrew Russell told the BBC.

"Both with raising the alarm and pulling the couple to safety, undoubtedly his actions saved their lives."

The house was completely engulfed in flames by the time fire crews arrived and it took 15 firefighters to bring it under control.

It is thought the fire started accidentally.

Station commander Russell said the incident illustrated the importance of having a working fire alarm.

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