29/07/2004

Toddler dies in hospital after blaze

The two-year-old boy who was rescued from a housefire by binmen on Wednesday has died in hospital.

Nathan Rafferty from Fort Street, off the Springfield Road, was rescued by the refuse workers after a fire was spotted in the boy's house on Wednesday morning.

Nathan's mother and three-year-old brother, who were also rescued from the house, have since been discharged from hospital following treatment.

The toddler, who sustained severe burns in the blaze, was taken to the Royal Victoria Hospital where he later died from his injuries.

West Belfast MP Gerry Adams extended his sympathy to the boy's family.

Mr Adams said: “There is a sense of shock and sorrow throughout the local community at this death.

“I want to send my deepest condolences to the family and to commend the brave council workers and local people in Fort Street involved in the rescue.”

(MB)

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