Four critically injured as fire razes high rise building in Belfast

Four residents living in a high rise tower block have been rushed to hospital after a 15-storey building was engulfed in flames.

Photographs and footage posted online showed smoke and flames coming from the Coolmoyne House tower block in Dunmurry, near Belfast.

Emergency services are currently tackling the blaze which comes just five months after the tragic Grenfell Tower incident in west London.

A spokesperson for the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service said four people living inside have been taken to hospital from the flats.

The flats have been evacuated and it is believed the fire broke out on the ninth of tenth floor of the building.

Locals could be seen crowding outside the tower on Seymour Hill and people have been posting on social media.

David Holt wrote on Twitter: “That fire in the highrise flats in Dunmurry looks terrible! Hope everyone is ok!”

Charlie McLaughlin added: “Seeing fire services racing through Dunmurry to get into this building. Different breed….bravery beyond my comprehension.”

One community worker said the fire is now under control.

It is unclear what started the fire on Wednesday evening or whether cladding had been added to the building’s exterior.

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