32 firefighters and five fire appliances and one aerial appliance attended a fire at a fold in Portstewart this evening around 7.45pm. At this time it is thought that one wing of the fold on the Mill Road has been affected.
Residents were evacuated from the fold to a local church hall.
A Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) Spokesperson said:
“Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service received a call to an automatic fire alarm originating from sheltered dwellings at Mill Road, Portstewart at 19:45 hrs on Tuesday 26th December 2017.
On arrival, the initial fire crew discovered a well-developed fire within a flat which went on to involve one wing of the building. A total of 5 fire appliances, one aerial appliance and a total of 32 firefighters attended and quickly brought the incident under control. Unfortunately one wing of the building has been severely damaged. The fire was prevented from spreading to the remainder of the building which remains in use.
Residents were evacuated by staff and firefighters to safe areas of the building and the local Presbyterian Church has provided shelter and support for those affected.
One male casualty was treated at the scene for smoke inhalation and has been taken to hospital by ambulance. There are thankfully no reports of any other injuries.
Crews will remain on scene for some time and will work with partner agencies to ensure that those affected can return to their accommodation as soon as possible.
Police are advising drivers that Mill Road in Portstewart is closed until further notice due to a fire at a property in the area. A police spokesperson said “Diversions are in place. Please seek an alternative route, if possible.”