Residents of Abercorn Park were shocked on Saturday afternoon when three fire appliances, a police car and an ambulance all rushed to a house in the estate.
And there was further worry when fire officers wearing breathing apparatus entered the house, with shocked neighbours watching the drama, which continued for much of the afternoon.
But police issued a statement afterwards that the emergency was caused “by a distressed man” who was taken to hospital.
Inspector Lorraine Dobson said, “Police and other emergency agencies attended a report of a distressed man in the Abercorn Park area of Portadown earlier today (Saturday) and the man has been taken to hospital.”
There were no further details available, but residents told the Portadown Times that emergency services had been called to the house on a number of occasions over the past few months, and that the man had been taken to hospital before.
“We didn’t know what was going on during the emergency,” said one neighbour who watched the drama.
“The police and fire fighters on the scene simply told us there was nothing for us to worry about.
“But when you see three tenders and the police arrive on the scene – and fire officers entering wearing breathing apparatus - it gives cause for concern.
“Obviously our hearts go out to the individual, and we hope that the authorities find a permanent solution for him, whatever the problems.”
The NI Fire and Rescue Service in Lisburn said it was a police matter and they could not comment.