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Saturday 23 August 2014

Families have lucky escape as blaze tears through row of houses

Nicola Anderson

Published 19/06/2014 | 02:30

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FAMILIES had a lucky escape after a fire ripped through four adjoining houses, severely damaging the properties but without causing any injuries.

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The blaze broke out in the Claremont Estate in Navan, Co Meath, at around 8pm.

Firefighters battled to get the fire under control – however the roofs of four houses were destroyed, and there was severe internal damage to the upper storeys.

An elderly woman on oxygen was among those rescued by neighbours after the fire broke out. One resident was in her kitchen when she was alerted to the emergency by a neighbour who knocked on her door.

“All the houses looked in a bad way,” said one onlooker. “There was foam and water all over the street by the time the fire brigade finished.

“Fortunately they managed to get everyone out okay.”

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