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  • 28.05.2020
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One person was rescued from a high-rise block of flats on the outskirts of Belfast after a huge fire broke out.
The Sun reports pictures showed smoke pouring from the 15 storey building in Seymour Hill, Dunmurry, with at least four treated by paramedics at the scene.
Firefighters were called to Coolmoyne House at about 5.30pm Wednesday local time, (4.30am AEDT) and discovered a “well-developed fire” on the ninth floor.
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Hundreds of residents were evacuated from the block and the fire was “under control” by 6.10pm.
The blaze is believed to have spread to the tenth floor — with smoke entering multiple levels.
Fire crews were pictured at the scene using a teleporter to battle the blaze, which the Belfast Telegraph reports is believed to have been started by a toaster.
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One person was taken to hospital with “minor injuries”, as residents told the BBC they felt “lucky to be alive”.
Dunmurry resident Sam Waide said: “It was sort of frightening. “After what happened in England, you think to yourself, is this another one?”
Many more residents said the tragic scenes seen at Grenfell Tower in June were in their minds.
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At least 80 people died in the blaze.
Residents association member Julie Ann Jackson said the fire started in the flat of a man in his 50s, who raised the alarm.
She told the Belfast Telegraph: “I think they were shook up from Grenfell, and after tonight they are really shook up.”
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The hundreds of evacuated residents were reportedly being held in a community hall while the emergency services worked.
A Northern Ireland Ambulance Service spokesperson told the Mirror: ‘We received a call at 5.40pm from the Northern Ireland Fire Services to reports of a fire on the ninth floor of Coolmoyne House.
“Four Accident and Emergency crews, five rapid response paramedics, seven ambulance officers, one doctor and two heart paramedics attended the scene.
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“Four people were led to safety by the Northern Ireland Fire Service and handed over to the Ambulance Service for assessment.
“One person has been taken to hospital with minor injuries and the three others are still being assessed at the scene.”
This article first appeared in The Sun and is republished here with permission.
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