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All Systems Function In Tower Block Blaze

November 15 saw one person rescued via appliances and others led to safety by firefighters after a major blaze broke out in a block of high rise flats just outside Belfast at about 5:30pm.

A Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) Spokesperson said: "We received a call to Coolmoyne House, Dunmurry, Belfast at 5:32pm. A total of 11 fire appliances and 55 firefighters were mobilised to the incident.

“On arrival the firefighters were faced with a well developed fire on the ninth floor of a block of flats. The prompt intervention quickly brought the blaze under control and it was extinguished at 6:10pm. One person was rescued and a number of residents were led to safety.

“The cause of the fire has been determined as accidental.

“Our firefighters spent the following day on the ground in Dunmurry providing fire safety advice and reassurance to residents living in high-rise accommodation in the area."

A local hospital reported that one woman and one man were admitted and were in a stable condition.

If is believed the fire started on the ninth floor when a toaster malfunctioned. The resident of the flat was alerted when his smoke detectors went off - all the alarms and ventilation systems in the block are said to have functioned appropriately. Fire drills had been recently completed after the Grenfell tragedy.

Picture: Firefighters were called to Coolmoyne House, Dunmurry, Belfast at 5:32pm on Nov 15

Article written by Brian Shillibeer

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