Woman ‘critical’ after Derry house fire

The Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service
The Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service

A local woman is now in a critical condition following a house fire in Derry, it has been confirmed.

Neighbours raised the alarm after discovering the blaze at Moyglass Place in Strathfoyle on Wednesday night just after 10pm.

The woman, who is in her 50s, was transferred from Altnagelvin Hospital to the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast yesterday morning. It is believed she has suffered severe burns in the fire.

A Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service spokesman said: “Two fire appliances from Crescent Link Fire Station, supported by one fire appliance from Northland Fire Station and one fire appliance from Limavady Fire Station attended a fire in a bedroom at a terraced house in the area.

“It is believed that two neighbours helped to raise awareness of the fire to the occupant.”

The woman was out of the house and prior to the Fire Service’s arrival.

The spokesman added: “A woman in her 50s was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment to her injuries. Her condition is believed to be serious, but stable.

“Four firefighters wearing breathing apparatus entered the terraced house to confirm no-one else was in the property.”

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.