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Three rescued from east Belfast apartment fire

Published 28/04/2015

Three residents have been rescued from a burning flat in east Belfast.

The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) received a report at 2.39am to a fire at property at the Parklands, Knocknagoney area of east Belfast on Tuesday April 28.

Eight fire appliances were sent to the apartment complex.

Fourteen residents had evacuated their flats while others waited for help.

A spokesman for the NIFRS said: "Fourteen residents were self-rescued and eight Fire fighters wearing breathing apparatus entered the premises to see if there were any other occupants inside.

"Firefighters then led three residents to safety who were treated by Paramedics from the Ambulance service for smoke inhalation and cuts."

The fire was extinguished at 4.23am.

The spokesman added: "Early indications would suggest the fire was started deliberately. The incident has now been passed onto the Police Service of Northern Ireland."

Inspector Kerr Eastwood said: "Police received the report of the fire just after 4.25am. One woman was taken to hospital for treatment to her injuries which are not believed to be serious.

"Investigations are ongoing at this time to establish the cause of the fire."

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