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Family of three have 'lucky escape' after Coleraine house fire

Firefighters were call to the scene of the blaze in the Long Commons area in Coleraine. PICTURE MATT STEELE/MCAULEY MULTIMEDIA
Firefighters were call to the scene of the blaze in the Long Commons area in Coleraine. PICTURE MATT STEELE/MCAULEY MULTIMEDIA

A family of three have had a "lucky escape" after a house fire in Coleraine.

The Northern Ireland Fire Service (NIFRS) sent three appliances to the scene of the blaze in the Long Commons area.

John Bacon, Coleraine District Commander for the NIFRS said: "We got the call at about 5.15am. A neighbour to the rear of the property had noticed flames and raised the alarm.

"Neighbours on the other side of the street had raised the alarm with the people inside the house, because the smoke alarms were not working within the premises.

"The people were out when the fire service arrived. We found a well-developed fire at the back of the premises on the ground floor. Breathing apparatus crews entered the building to fight the fire and search for anybody else.

"Other firefighters and police raised the alarm with people in the adjoining premises.

"There was three people from the house, two adults and a 15-year-old grandchild. They had self-rescued by the time we arrived. They were treated for smoke inhalation at the scene."

Mr Bacon said that the family had closed the doors going to bed at night and that had stopped smoke getting into escape routes within the house.

The Ambulance Service said it was called to the an address in Coleraine at 5.27am and that no one was taken to hospital from the scene.

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