Father and son escape fire – 1963

A 16-YEAR-OLD Clogher youth, unable to sleep because he thought there were burglars in the house, later smelt smoke and thus saved the lives of his father and himself.

The fire, at Aughinalark, Clogher, destroyed the two storey farmhouse of Wilfred Kidney, and the entire household and personal effects of him and his son, Dawson, aged 16.

Mr Kidney had gone to bed about 9.15pm, and was in the house alone until his son came in around 11pm, and he also went to bed. Dawson awoke his father around 12.15am and said there were burglars on the premises, as he had heard glass breaking.

His father told him to go back to bed: a short while later the boy returned to his father and said he smelt smoke. They went to investigate and found the house a blazing inferno.


A 48-YEAR-OLD lorry driver was trapped for almost an hour under his vehicle at a stone quarry at Letterbratt, near Plumbridge.

He was Alexander Black of Newtownstewart, whose Tyrone County Council owned lorry, toppled down an embankment and overturned. He was tipping a load of soil at the time.

Other workmen rushed to the rescue, and one, Tony Donaghey, drove in a van to Plumbridge garage for a burner.

John Scott used the burner to cut away part of the lorry before the gas ran out. Eventually the lorry was lifted with hydraulic jacks.

JW McFarland rendered medical aid on the spot and Black was then rushed to Tyrone County Hospital, Omagh. He is detained there for observation.


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