An elderly woman was forced to flee her home on Friday night due to a fire which spread rapidly to her oil tank from grass and a hedge which were set alight nearby.
The incident has prompted a local fire station commander to issue a warning about the perils of setting fire to small patches of grass and hedging during the current dry spell.
The Fire and Rescue Service responded to the call at Donal O’Casey Court, near Buncrana Road, around 11:20pm on Friday, by which time the blaze had taken hold in the area which is home to a number of eldery residents.
Three fire appliances were in attendance at the scene coming from Crescent Link and Northland Road fire stations.
Crescent Link Station Commander Kevin Lynch said 15 firefighters had to act very quickly to bring the blaze under control and added that the situation could have been much worse.
He said: “The message from the Fire and Rescue Service here is how dangerous it is to set fire to grass. Even setting fire to a small area can have very serious consequences.
“This house was left badly scorched and if fire crews had not been there the house would have caught fire very quickly.
“This was obviously distressing for the lady involved who had to leave her home in this traumatic situation.
“In this instance, we’re just very lucky that fire crews were able to bring the fire under control quickly preventing what had the potential to be much worse damage,” he added.
Police have appealed for information about the incident. Anyone with any information is asked to contact Strand Road Police Station on the non emergency number 101.