Northern Ireland

Armagh fire: Woman escapes blaze by jumping from first-floor window

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Media caption20 firefighters went to the blaze in Navan Court, Armagh

A woman in her 50s has escaped a fire in her County Armagh home by jumping out of a first-floor window.

The blaze broke out at a semi-detached house in Navan Court in Armagh just before 20:20 BST on Tuesday.

About 20 firefighters went to the house and found the woman had jumped from an upstairs window.

The fire was extinguished by the crew and the woman was taken to hospital for treatment for smoke inhalation.

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Image caption The woman was taken to hospital for treatment for smoke inhalation

She had been alone in the property when the fire broke out.

Alan O'Neill, group commander with the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service, said it is believed the fire started accidentally.

Image caption She was alone in the house when the fire broke out

"When firefighters arrived they found a well-developed fire at the house," he said.

"The woman had been alerted to the fire by her smoke alarm."

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Image caption The fire service said that the woman had been alerted to the fire by her smoke alarm

He told the BBC's Good Morning Ulster programme that the woman, who suffered no serious injuries, was unable to get out of the house through the front door despite "valiant efforts" from neighbours.

He said the house was badly damaged and would require extensive work before the lady is able to return home.

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