Three people escape after fire at property

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The scene of a fire in Coleraine. PICTURE MATT STEELE/MCAULEY MULTIMEDIA

THREE people have escaped after firefighters were called to an incident in Coleraine.

Shortly after 5am today the Fire Service were called to a property in the Long Commons area.

Three appliances were sent to the scene.

It is understood that all three were suffering the effects of smoke inhalation.

Coleraine District Commander John Bacon said: “We got the call at about 5.15am. A neighbour to the rear of the property had noticed flames and raised the alarm.

“Neighbours on the other side of the street had raised the alarm with the people inside the house, because the smoke alarms were not working within the premises.

“The people were out when the fire service arrived. We found a well-developed fire at the back of the premises on the ground floor. Breathing apparatus crews entered the building to fight the fire and search for anybody else.

“Other firefighters and police raised the alarm with people in the adjoining premises.

“There was three people from the house, two adults and a 15-year-old grandchild. They had self-rescued by the time we arrived. They were treated for smoke inhalation at the scene,” the Belfast Telegraph reports.

Mr Bacon said that the family had closed the doors going to bed at night and that had stopped smoke getting into escape routes within the house.

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