Couple rescued from house fire

Thursday, 22 February 2018

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A 60-YEAR-OLD woman and her husband were rescued by the emergency services after a fire broke out at her home in Coleraine last week.
The blaze broke out in the kitchen of the property in the Queens Park area of the town just before midnight on Tuesday, February 13.
Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service from both the Coleraine and Portrush stations attended the incident, as well as officers from Coleraine PSNI. Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus entered the house and extinguished the fire in the kitchen.
Upon arrival, four police officers entered the house where a man in the hallway alerted them to a woman who was trapped in an upstairs room.
Two officers attempted to make their way to the woman upstairs but were unable to reach her due to "dense smoke."
One of the officers, however, managed to awaken a neighbour and borrow a set of ladders while the other three police officers attempted to extinguish the blaze.
Officers, along with the NIFRS, were subsequently able to guide the woman to safety, using the ladders through an upstairs window.
*Read the full story in this week's Chronicle


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