Fire Service Rescue Pensioners From Blaze At Sheltered Accommodation

A number of elderly residents have been rescued from a sheltered accommodation facility in north Belfast following a fire in a flat.

Five fire crews attended the scene at Mount Vernon Court shortly before 10pm on Wednesday 02 January.

Pensioners in their 60's, 70's and 80's all managed to escape without injury, after crews from Whitla, Lisburn, Westland and Central Fire Stations came to their aid.
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A man in his 80's was treated for smoke inhalation, while a woman in her 70's and two men, one in his 60's and one in his 70's, were unharmed.

A spokesperson for the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service said: "Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus extinguished the fire in the flat and ventilated the property.

"Sounding smoke alarms alerted the occupants. The cause of the fire was accidental."

The blaze had been dealt with by midnight on Wednesday


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