Two pet dogs killed in ‘accidental’ house fire near Dungiven

Two pet dogs were killed in a house fire in Co Derry

Two pet dogs were killed in a house fire in Co Derry

A fire at a Co Derry home which led to the deaths of two family pet dogs is being treated as accidental.

Fire fighters were called to the house at Foreglen Road near Dungiven after the fire broke out in a rear bedroom on Wednesday night.

However, the blaze was put out before the fire service reached the scene.

A man and woman, aged in their fifties, who were in the house at the time were treated in hospital for smoke inhalation.

A spokesman for the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service said: “The cause of the fire is being investigated and is believed to be accidental.”

The spokesman said two pet Shih Tzu dogs were killed.

The fire was the second major blaze in Co Derry this week.

On St Stephen’s Day, nine-year-old Rhys Mullan suffered third degree burns to his face and arm in a fire at his home in Magilligan.

Rhys and his family managed to escape after the blaze broke out in the living room of the house on Seacoast Road.

The house was left badly damaged in the blaze.