Northern Ireland

Cookstown house fire: Two people critically injured

The fire service was called to the house in Millburn Avenue at about 07:15 BST on Thursday.
Image caption The fire at the house in Millburn Avenue is believed to have been started deliberately

Two people are critically ill in hospital after a fire at a house in County Tyrone, which is believed to have been started deliberately.

The fire service was called to the house in Millburn Avenue in Cookstown at about 07:15 BST on Thursday.

Firefighters rescued a man and a woman in their 60s from the kitchen and another man in his 30s from an upstairs bedroom.

The man and woman in their 60s are critically ill.

One of them is being treated at Craigavon Area Hospital and the other at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast.

The man in his 30s is being treated for smoke inhalation and is in a stable condition.

All three were first treated at the scene by firefighters before being taken to hospital.

Image caption The fire service was called to the house at about 07:15 BST on Thursday

A PSNI spokesman said it was believed the fire was started deliberately.

The said detectives are following a definite line of enquiry and are not seeking anyone else in relation to the incident.

A spokesperson for the fire service said: "The on-call firefighters who attended this incident are to be commended for their swift response and actions in rescuing the three casualties from the fire and providing first aid at the scene.

"A working smoke alarm alerted one of the occupants to the fire and they raised the alarm."

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