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Family of five treated in hospital after home destroyed in early morning blaze

Two adults and three children taken to Daisy Hill Hospital

Investigations are ongoing into the cause of a fire which left a family of five requiring hospital treatment.

Two adults and three children at a house in Poyntzpass were taken to Daisy Hill Hospital in Newry.

Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service were alerted to a house on fire shortly before 5am this morning (Thursday).

Personnel from Newry, Banbridge and Lisburn were all involved in the operation.

The five in the house had escaped from the property – at Aughan Park – before firefighters arrived.

Ambulance crews took them to Daisy Hill, with all treated for the effects of smoke inhalation.

Firefighters fought for close to two hours to bring the blaze under control.

The house was completely destroyed in what NIFRS described as an “intense fire”.

A neighbouring property is understood to have sustained smoke damage too.

NIFRS have confirmed the cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

However, the early indications are that the fire was accidental.

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