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Police officers hailed as 'heroes' after rescuing woman from house blaze

Police officers who rescued a 60-year-old woman after a fire broke out at her house have been hailed “heroes”.

Police rushed to Queens Park in the Waterside area of Coleraine on Wednesday evening after reports of a fire at a house.

Four officers entered the house where a man in the hallway alerted them to a woman who was trapped in an upstairs room.

Two officers attempted to get to the woman, but were unable due to the dense smoke.

However, one of the officers managed to awaken a neighbour and borrow a ladder while the other three officers attempted to put out the fire.

Officers, along with the Fire Service, were then able to take the woman to safety through the upstairs window.

Both the man and woman in the house were taken to hospital and were treated for the effects of smoke inhalation.

The officers who entered the house also received medical treatment as a precaution.

DUP councillor George Duddy praised the actions of the officers and the fire service.

“The officers, without any real concern for their own safety, entered the house and assisted in the rescue of the lady in the house," he said.

“Their actions were heroic, they put the lives of the people in the house ahead of their own.”

Councillor Duddy added: “I was speaking with Chief Inspector Ian Magee earlier and we passed on our best wishes to the officers and thanked them very much on behalf of the community for what they did.

"Sometimes the actions that officers take goes unrecognised but I think it is appropriate they are recognised for what they did last night.”

Chief Inspector Mark McClarence said: “While this fire was a traumatic and frightening incident for the occupants of the house, fortunately the woman was able to get out of the house safely.”

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