Man dies following house fire near Toomebridge and five firefighters are injured

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The scene of the tragedy near Toome. Picture – Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia.

A man in his 50s has died following a house fire near Toomebridge and five firefighters were injured on Wednesday night.

The incident happened at Carlane Road near Toomebridge.

Police received a report of the fire at around 8pm.

The man was taken to hospital for treatment and died a short time later.

An investigation into the cause of the fire has now started.

The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS), police and ambulance workers attended the scene.

Two fire appliances from Magherafelt Fire Station and one appliance from Antrim Fire Station tackled the blaze.

A Fire Service spokesperson said that firefighters encountered a severe fire on the first floor.

Wearing breathing apparatus they entered the property and worked in intense heat and heavily smoke-logged conditions in an attempt to rescue the man.

Firefighters carried the man down to the ground floor where he was treated at the scene by firefighters and ambulance personnel.

He was taken to Antrim Area Hospital and later died from his injuries.

Five firefighters were injured while carrying out the rescue. Four firefighters sustained minor burns and were treated at the scene by ambulance personnel, one of them required hospital treatment and was later discharged.

The fifth firefighter was taken to hospital with a concussion due to fallen debris inside the property. He was kept overnight and has since been discharged.

An NIFRS spokesperson paid tribute to the firefighters for their rescue efforts.

“NIFRS would like to commend the Breathing Apparatus team for their valiant efforts in rescuing the man from the fire.

“The cause of the fire has not yet been determined and will be subject to investigation, in liaison with the PSNI.

“There was a smoke alarm fitted in the property and part of the investigation will consider if it sounded,” the Belfast Telegraph reported.

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