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Homes destroyed in oil tank fire

burnt roof of house
A schoolboy was rescued by neighbours

Two homes have been destroyed after domestic oil tanks caught fire in County Down.

The tanks at the back of the detached bungalows at Brackenwood Crescent, Carryduff, were burning for longer than five hours.

A 14-year-old boy sleeping in one house was rescued by neighbours. No-one was hurt, but the families have lost almost everything and are appealing for help.

About 40 fire-fighters were at the scene at one stage.

Police said the cause of the fire was not being treated as suspicious.

A section of the Knockbracken Road was closed to traffic.

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