Three children hospitalised after fire

Four people, including three children, were taken to hospital following a fire in the Westacres area of Craigavon on Monday night (July 12).

Tuesday, 13th July 2021, 3:20 pm

Police are appealing for witnesses following the blaze which broke out at a domestic garage in the area, reported at around 11.40pm.

A police spokesperson said: “Police received a report at approximately 11:40pm that the NIFRS was in attendance at a garage fire in Westacres and that four occupants in an adjoining property, including a woman and three children, were taken to safety as the NIFRS tackled the blaze.”

Detective Sergeant Dave Stewart said: “The four occupants, including three children under the age of 10 years old, were taken to hospital and treated for the effects of smoke inhalation.

Police PSNI officer scene

“While our investigation is at an early stage, we are treating this as arson at this time, and we are asking anyone who was in the area and saw what happened to call us on 101, quoting reference number 29 of 13/07/21.”

A report can also be made using the online reporting form via www.psni.police.uk/makeareport. Alternatively, information can be provided to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Upper Bann MLA Dolores Kelly also appealed for information following the fire.

She said: “We are lucky not to be dealing with a tragedy today. I would appeal to anyone who was in the area at around 11.40pm to come forward to police with any information they may have which could help with the investigation.

“I also want to thank firefighters who attended the scene late at night and brought the fire under control.”

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