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Pensioners rescued from fire at sheltered accommodation

The fire started in a flat in sheltered accommodation in north Belfast. Credit: Presseye

A number of people in their 60s, 70s and 80s have had to be rescued from sheltered accommodation in north Belfast following a fire in a flat.

Five fire crews attended the scene at Mount Vernon Court just before 10pm on Wednesday.

A man in his 80s had to be treated by paramedics for smoke inhalation, while a woman in her 70s and two men – one in his 60s and one in his 70s – were rescued unharmed.

A Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service spokesperson said: “Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus extinguished the fire in the flat and ventilated the property.

“Sounding smoke alarms alerted the occupants to the fire. The cause of the fire was accidental.”