We’re lucky to be alive, says Belfast house fire rescuer
The neighbour of an elderly man whose house went on fire in west Belfast says everyone involved in the blaze is "lucky to be alive".
A man in his late 80s was helped from the blaze by caring locals on Lenadoon Avenue on Tuesday evening.
His next door neighbour noticed smoke coming through the wall between her semi-detached house and Mr McGovern's and called the emergency services.
"Everyone keeps telling me that we're lucky to be alive, but I didn't realise that at the time," said the neighbour. "I still don't think I've really realised that but that's what people keep saying."
Fire crews were able to bring the blaze under control with four fire-fighting jets.
"There were flames everywhere," said a neighbour. "The fireman told us that it was lucky that it didn't happen later on, in the middle of the night, because it might have been too late.
"Because it was early, people were still awake so they noticed that something had happened."
Last month, firefighters attended a call at the same house.