Four people have been rescued from a burning flat in Belfast after a mobile was left charging overnight.
The fire broke out in a property on the fourth floor of a residential building in Flax Street in the north of the city.
A Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) spokesman said: “NIFRS responded to reports of a flat on fire on the fourth floor of a residential building on Flax Street, Belfast.
“On arrival, crews identified that a number of people were trapped by smoke on the fourth floor.
We are very lucky following a fire at flats in flax street Ardoyne. 4 people taken time hospital with minor burns and smoke inhalation. Thanks to @NIFRSOFFICIAL for their very professional service and rescuing & bringing to Saftey 4 residents— Cllr JJ Magee (@CllrJj) March 8, 2020
“They quickly rescued two people with an aerial appliance from outside of the building, and a further two people managed to self-rescue.
“Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus evacuated eight people and extinguished the fire in the flat.
“At this stage the fire is believed to have been caused by a mobile device being left on charge overnight; however, further investigation will take place.
“The four people who were in the flat have all been taken to hospital suffering from burns, smoke inhalation and shock.”