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Family escapes injury in major Rathfriland fire

NewsBy Jamie McDowell
(Pic: BBC)
(Pic: BBC)

A man, woman and a young child have escaped with their lives after a huge fire at a recycling plant in Rathfriland.

They were in the house on Kiltarriff Drive when the fire spread from the adjacent plant. 

Police now say they are treating the fire as suspicious.

The house was completely destroyed in the blaze.

Forty two fire fighters and seven appliances were tasked to bring the blaze under control.

A spokesperson for the NIFRS, Group Commander Edward Carroll, said: “I think it’s important that I praise the action of our crews.

“Their prompt action prevented the spread of further fires.

T"he initial crews were hampered on arrival by very high winds, those high winds were actually fanning the flames.”