Armagh tank fire destroyed a house

A house was destroyed and a resident and a firefighter were taken to hospital after a major fire in an oil tank in Co Armagh.

A fire broke out in the back of terraced houses in the village of Beesbrook, near Newry, on Thursday afternoon.

The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) said the fire spread quickly after two oil tanks exploded.

The fire service said several gas cylinders also exploded.

Fire crews from four stations – Newry, Warren Point, Newtown Hamilton and Portadown – attended the scene.

The NIFRS said the fire was quickly brought under control, but one house was destroyed and three others were damaged by heat and smoke.

The NIFRS said the resident and the firefighter were taken to hospital “as a precaution.”

Dramatic footage of the fire, which was posted on social media by the fire service, shows huge plumes of smoke that engulfed the property.

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