Woman jumps from Belfast apartment block window to escape fire - two in hospital
Two people are in hospital after being rescued following a fire at an apartment block in south Belfast.
It took place at the Russell Court building on Claremont Street, off the Lisburn Road.
It is understood that a fire started in their flat in the building on Christmas morning at around 10.45am.
A woman is though to have jumped from a window onto a lower level of the building to escape the fire.
Both have now been taken to hospital to undergo treatment for injuries sustained in the fire.
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.
"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."
"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 Royal Victoria Hospital.
The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) has confirmed that six fire engines and an aerial appliance attended the scene.
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