Belfast Telegraph

Two rescued after fire at Belfast's Russell Court building - woman jumped from window

By David Young

Two people were rushed to hospital after being rescued following a fire at a multi-storey apartment block in south Belfast.

The fire broke out in the Russell Court building on Claremont Street, off the city's Lisburn Road.

It is understood that a fire started in the flat on Christmas morning at around 10.45am.

A woman had to jump from a window onto a lower level of the building to escape the fire.

Both have now been taken to hospital to receive treatment for injuries sustained.

Local resident Lee Turtle was inside the building at the time and described what happened.

"I woke to my sister banging on the door shouting there was a fire. I jumped and we grabbed her three-month-old child before going outside," he said.

The scene of the fire in a flat in the Russell Court area of south Belfast

"There was pandemonium, everyone was just running everywhere.

"When we got out we saw a woman jump out the window of the apartment the fire started in.

"She landed on her back on the roof and was shouting for help.

Russell Court
Russell Court
The scene of the fire in a flat in the Russell Court area of south Belfast
Braeside Park in Enniskillen

"The fire service arrived and smashed a window on the floor below to bring her back inside.

"Christmas is ruined, we now have smoke-filled apartments, smashed-in doors and we have been left to just stand here with no help.

"The fire was brought under control in a few minutes and a woman from Radius Housing has told us to return to our apartments.

We can't go back though, not with a three-month-old baby, the smoke is still everywhere."

A spokesman for Northern Ireland Ambulance Service said it received a 999 call at 10.52am following reports of a flat fire in the Lower Lisburn Road area of Belfast, where a number of people required medical care.

The Ambulance Service dispatched four emergency crews to the incident.

Following assessment and initial treatment at the scene, two patients were taken to the Royal Victoria Hospital.

Six fire engines and an aerial appliance attended.

Meanwhile in Enniskillen, the man who died in a house fire on Christmas Eve was named yesterday as elderly widower Ben Donnelly.

The blaze broke out at his home in the Braeside Park area of the town at around 11am on Monday.

Emergency services attended but Mr Donnelly, who was in his 80s, was found to have died at the scene. Police said an investigation into the cause of the fire, which is not believed to be suspicious, has begun.

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