FIREFIGHTERS rescued one man from a house fire in Newtownbutler in the early hours of yesterday morning, Wednesday, April 28. The PSNI are conducting enquiries into the cause of the fire.

The alert was raised with the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) at 3.56am on Wednesday morning. Three fire appliances attended the incident; two from Lisnaskea Fire Station, and one from Enniskillen Fire Station

A NIFRS spokesperson said: “Firefighters were called to a bungalow on fire in Camphill Park, Newtownbutler in the early hours. One casualty was rescued by firefighters, and passed into the care of Northern Ireland Ambulance Service (NIAS).

“Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used three jets to extinguish the fire. The fire was under control by 5.46am and the cause of the fire is under investigation.”

A NIAS spokesperson said: “We received a 999 call at 4am on Wednesday following reports of an incident in the Drumclay area of Newtownbutler.

“We despatched three emergency crews to the scene. Following assessment and initial treatment at the scene, one patient was taken to the South West Acute Hospital by ambulance.”

At the time of going to press, a PSNI spokesperson said: “ Officers attended the scene together with colleagues from NIFRS. One man was taken to hospital. Enquiries are continuing, and there are no further details at this time.”

The identity of the injured person remains unknown. Erne East Councillor Thomas O’Reilly said: “My thoughts are with the person injured and their family, I wish them a full and speedy recovery.

“I want to reemphasise the importance of having a working smoke alarm fitted in the home – it goes a long way to save lives.”