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Couple critical after deliberate fire at Cookstown home

Police believe a house fire in Cookstown was started deliberately by one of the occupants. Credit: UTV

A couple in their 60s are in a critical condition in hospital following a fire at their Cookstown home, which police say was started deliberately.

The man and woman were found by firefighters in the kitchen of the property in the Millburn Avenue area of the town just after 7am on Thursday.

The couple’s son, aged in his 30s, was also rescued from the burning building.

He was found in an upstairs bedroom by firefighters and was treated for smoke inhalation, while his parents remain critically ill.

The alarm was raised when one of those inside the house was woken by a smoke alarm.

A neighbour told UTV her daughter saw a man at an upstairs bedroom window in distress, calling for help while smoke billowed from the property.

Police believe someone inside may have started the blaze and have confirmed they are not seeking anyone else in relation to the investigation.

A Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service spokesperson said: “The on-call firefighters who attended this incident are to be commended for their swift response and actions in rescuing the three casualties from the fire and providing first aid at the scene.

“A working smoke alarm alerted one of the occupants to the fire and they raised the alarm.”