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Woman escapes unhurt as fire destroys seafront home

By Angela Rainey

Published 13/04/2016

The scene on the Coast Road in Larne where an overnight fire gutted a house
The scene on the Coast Road in Larne where an overnight fire gutted a house

A woman has escaped serious injury after a fire ripped through her seafront home.

Around 27 firefighters and five fire engines tackled the blaze at the property near on A2 Coast Road in Larne.

It is believed a female resident escaped unhurt from the bungalow after being alerted to the fire by a neighbour and was treated at the scene by medics.

The A2 Coast Road was closed at Branch Road near the Black Arch but has since reopened.

Crews from the Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service said that when they arrived at the scene in the early hours of Tuesday morning two oil tanks were alight, but they were able to stop the fire spreading to a third tank.

A spokesperson said: "We received a call at 2.19am to attend a house fire on the Coast Road.

"Two appliances from Larne Fire Station, two appliances from Ballyclare Fire Station along with an aerial appliance from Knock Fire Station attended the incident. A female occupier was alerted to the fire by a smoke alarm and her neighbour.

"She was out of the property before the arrival of fire crews.

"Firefighters dealt with a severe fire which gutted the detached property and also involved an oil tank.

"The fire spread to a second property and another oil tank causing external damage to that property."

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