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Three people rescued from Cookstown house fire

THREE people have been rescued from a house fire in Cookstown this morning.
Firefighters rescued a man and a woman in their 60s from the kitchen area and another man in his 30s from an upstairs bedroom at the property in Millburn Avenue.
The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) say they received a report at 7.17am, after a working smoke alarm alerted one of the occupants to the fire.
An NIFRS spokesperson said, “Two fire appliances from Cookstown Fire Station and one fire appliance from both Dungannon and Pomeroy Fire Stations attended the scene. Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus entered the two-storey detached property and carried out a search.”
All three occupants were treated at the scene by firefighters for smoke inhalation and were taken to hospital by ambulance.
The 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. We would like to remind everyone of the importance of having a working smoke alarm and to test it once a week to ensure it is working.”
The cause of the fire is under investigation, the spokesperson added.

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