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Three in hospital following Cookstown fire

Emergency services assess the scene of a house fire in Millburn Avenue, Cookstown. Picture: Presseye
Emergency services assess the scene of a house fire in Millburn Avenue, Cookstown. Picture: Presseye

Three people have been taken to hospital following a house fire in Cookstown.

The Fire Service said they received a report of the blaze at a house in Millburn Avenue at 7.17am and dispatched three fire engines to the scene.

Firefighters entered the two-storey house and rescued a man and a woman in their 60s from the kitchen, while a man in his 30s was rescued from an upstairs bedroom.

A Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: "All three occupants were treated at the scene by firefighters for smoke inhalation and were taken to hospital by ambulance. 

“The on-call firefighters, who attended this incident, are to be commended for their swift response and actions in rescuing the three casualties from the fire and providing first aid at the scene.     

“A working smoke alarm alerted one of the occupants to the fire and they raised the alarm. We would like to remind everyone of the importance of having a working smoke alarm and to test it once a week to ensure it is working."

The spokesperson said the cause of the blaze is under investigation.

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