Dunmurry Fire: hundreds forced out of their flats in 15-storey tower block on outskirts of Belfast


The huge blaze at a 15-storey high rise block of flats which left four residents injured was reportedly started by a toaster, it emerged this evening.

Photographs and footage posted online showed smoke and flames coming from the Coolmoyne House tower block in Dunmurry, near Belfast.

Emergency services are still tackling the blaze which comes just five months after the tragic Grenfell Tower incident in west London.

One person was taken to hospital with ‘minor injuries’ while three other residents were assessed at the scene.

Emergency services rushed to the scene

Photographs posted online showed smoke and flames coming from the Coolmoyne House tower block in Dunmurry, in the west of the capital

It is believed that a toaster caused the fire on the ninth floor of Coolmoyne House near Belfast

It is believed the cause of the huge blaze was connected to a toaster on the ninth floor of the building, reports the Belfast Telegraph.

Julie Ann Jackson, from the Seymour Hill and Conway Community Residents – which is helping those who live in the flat – gave details about the blaze.

She said the fire started in the flat of man aged in 50s who lived in the building on his own and he was luckily able to inform other residents about the fire.

Ms Jackson said: ‘I think they were shook up from Grenfell, and after tonight they are really shook up.’

Emergency services rushed to the scene and it is thought the situation is now 'under control' It is not clear what started the fire or whether the 15-storey building had cladding on its exterior

One community worker said the fire is now ‘under control’. It is unclear whether cladding had been added to the building’s exterior.

A spokesman for the Police Service of Northern Ireland said the matter was being dealt with by the fire service.

A spokesman for the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service said: ‘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.

‘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.’



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