Northern Ireland

Man rescued from arson at flats in Londonderry

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A man has been rescued from a block of flats following an arson attack in Londonderry.

The fire broke out on the first floor of the property at Carlisle Road at about 18:00 BST on Saturday.

A 29-year-old man escaped by jumping from a window. He suffered minor cuts to his hands.

A man in his 40s was on the fourth floor and was rescued by firefighters. He was treated for smoke inhalation at the scene and taken to hospital.

Assistant Group Commander Mark Darrall said the pair had a lucky escape.

"There was a smoke alarm present in the building, it was sounding when we arrived," he said.

"So we were in no doubt that this alerted the residents to the fact that this was a very severe fire within the building."

He said the cause of the blaze was being investigated but it "looks like it might be a deliberate fire".

Police said on Sunday that the fire was suspicious and have appealed for information.