Northern Ireland

Antrim fire: Two rescued as blaze spreads to houses

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Media captionThe fire badly damaged both houses and two cars, as Claire Savage reports

Firefighters have rescued two people from a house fire in Antrim.

The fire spread from a car to two houses at Bleerick Drive at about 03:25 GMT on Thursday.

Two adults were brought to safety from one house, while in the adjoining house, a neighbour had alerted two adults and a child who had got out before firefighters arrived.

Group Commander Fergal Leonard said there were indications that the car had been set on fire deliberately.

"There is no doubt that the prompt action by neighbours to alert emergency services and occupants of the house meant we are not dealing with a much more tragic situation," he said.

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Image caption An investigation has begun into how the fire started

"Fire spreads very quickly and I am thankful there were no injuries."

The houses and two cars were extensively damaged.

Police have appealed for information.