Eight led to safety following blaze

Eight people had to be led to safety when a fire filled a block of flats in south Belfast with smoke.

Rescuers said that the people had become disorientated in the dense smoke and were unable to make their way out of the Tollgate House tower block in Bradbury Place after a blaze broke out on the second floor.

A smoke alarm system alerted residents to the fire, but some were unable to find their way out of the building.

A spokesperson for the Fire Service urged people to be aware of the how to get out of a building in the event of an emergency. He said: "The people who survive are the people who have a plan."

Elsewhere, a mother and her toddler have escaped an arson attack on a flat in Bangor.

Emergency services were called to Lisnabreen Walk in Bangor at 1.00am.

Two men were also rescued from the blaze which had trapped the mother and child in the upstairs flat.

A smoke alarm system had apparently failed to work.


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