Belfast Telegraph

Sheltered homes evacuated in Portstewart due to fire

Firefighters have extinguished a fire at a sheltered complex on the Mill Road area in Portstewart.

Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service received a call to an automatic fire alarm originating from sheltered dwellings in Portstewart at 19.45 on Tuesday.

Residents were evacuated to safe areas of the building and the local Presbyterian Church.

Police have advised that the Mill Road has been closed due to the fire.

A spokesperson for NIFRS said: "On arrival, the initial fire crew discovered a well-developed fire within a flat which went on to involve one wing of the building.

"A total of five fire appliances, one aerial appliance and a total of 32 firefighters attended and quickly brought the incident under control. Unfortunately one wing of the building has been severely damaged.

"The fire was prevented from spreading to the remainder of the building which remains in use."

The spokesperson added: "One male casualty was treated at the scene for smoke inhalation and has been taken to hospital by ambulance. There are thankfully no reports of any other injuries."

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