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Woman in critical condition after fire in west Belfast

A woman in her 60s, who suffered from severe burns following a fire in west Belfast, is fighting for her life in hospital.

The fire started in a kitchen at a top floor flat in Ardnaclowney Drive shortly before 4pm on Sunday.

The woman has been taken to hospital where her condition has been described as critical.

The Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service said crews from Springfield and Cadogan fire stations responded to the incident after they received an automatic fire alarm.

A NIFRS spokesperson said the fire “was extinguished swiftly by firefighters with the use of a fire extinguisher”.

Three other residents were treated at the scene for the effects of smoke inhalation by Northern Ireland Ambulance Service.

It’s believed the cause of the fire was accidental.

“Our thoughts are with the injured lady at this time, following this accidental fire,” the NIFRS spokesperson said.

Police officers attended the scene of the incident.

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