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Emergency services at scene of early morning blaze at Armagh flats

Sinn Féin Councillor Cathy Rafferty has commented on early reports of a fire in a property in Culdee Flats, Irish Street, Armagh.

“There have been at least two ambulances and a number of police vehicles attending the scene since approximately 6am this morning,” Councillor Rafferty said.

“I have heard from eyewitnesses that there is a lot of smoke coming from one of the flats and people locally are assuming this may be the source of the blaze.  This is worrying as it is in a densely populated area

“Hopefully no one has been injured in this incident.”

Shortly before 10am this morning, (Thursday), a PSNI spokesman confirmed to Armagh I that they received a report at about 7.30am and were attending the scene alongside the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service.

The fire broke out  in a bedroom of the flat in the Culdee Street area.

There was no one in the property at the time, but five other residents in the complex had to leave their home during the operation.

They were alerted to the fire by smoke alarms.

A spokeswoman for the Northern Ireland Fire Service said the blaze was started deliberately and the scene has been handed over to the police

There are no further details at this stage.

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