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Fundraising effort for residents affected by Christmas Eve blaze which destroyed and damaged homes in Co Down

By Claire Williamson

A fundraising appeal has been started for residents affected by a fire which destroyed and damaged homes in Co Down on Christmas Eve.

The blaze took hold at a house at Church Avenue in Dundrum 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.

Two pigeon lofts were caught up in the blaze and sixty pigeons were killed.

A scene of "devastation" was left behind following the fire.

Tributes were paid to a young man who raised the alarm and helped save his neighbours.

A justgiving crowdfunding page has been set up to help the families whose homes were damaged.

Jacqui Mason set up the JustGiving page to help people who were affected get back on their feet.

The fundraising page has so far raised more than £1,000.

Speaking at the time SDLP councillor Mark Murnin said it was "unbelievable that no-one was killed".

"It's devastating. That's the only way you can describe it - how no-one lost their life is unbelievable", he said.

Mr Murnin paid tribute to the actions of the local people who raised the alarm when the fire was still very small. He said their "quick-thinking" combined with the "heroism" of the firefighters averted further tragedy.

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