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Families flee after inferno guts houses in Dundrum

By Adrian Rutherford

Families were forced to spend Christmas out of their homes after they were destroyed in a fire.

The blaze took hold at a house at Church Avenue in Dundrum, Co Down, shortly after 12.30am on Christmas Eve.

An investigation into the cause of the incident, which was attended by 52 firefighters, is ongoing.

Eight properties had to be evacuated after the blaze spread to several homes, oil tanks and sheds.

Max Joyce from the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service told the BBC: "Thankfully no-one was injured during this, due to the firefighters that arrived and evacuated people.

"Certainly one property is destroyed so that family will have to leave, and two others I believe have left.

"I feel very, very sorry for several families who are out of their homes this Christmas."

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