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Woman escapes injury following blaze at Co Antrim house

By Brett Campbell

A young woman has escaped serious injury after her Co Antrim home went up in flames yesterday.

Two fire appliances attended the blaze which began in the living room of a terraced house on the Magheraboy Road near Portrush shortly after lunchtime.

The 20-year-old occupant, who was alerted to the fire when a smoke alarm sounded, was treated for smoke inhalation at the scene.

An eyewitness said neighbours looked on in horror as fire crews tackled the blaze.

"It's a close knit community and everyone knows everybody," they said.

"There's a lot of relief that this wasn't more serious, but I'm sure it was traumatising."

A spokesperson for Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service said the "fully developed" fire was brought under control quickly but caused significant damage.

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