Families were forced out of their homes on Christmas Eve after a fire ripped through a row of terraced houses.
Eight properties had to be evacuated after a blaze in Dundrum on Saturday night.
The destroyed house was vacant, local representative councillor Mark Murnin said, adding: ‘There’s just a scene of total devastation in Dundrum today.
‘Last night’s fire seems to have started in an outbuilding.
‘It quickly ripped through a vacant property and has left others uninhabitable today.’
The fire in County Down, Ireland, left people having to find other places to spend Christmas Day.
‘It’s just an unimaginable situation for families that have been forced from their homes on Christmas Eve,’ Cllr Murnin said.
He said local people noticed the blaze when it was still small, contacted the fire service immediately and alerted neighbours.
Mr Murnin added: ‘I have no doubt that their quick thinking, combined with the heroism of the 52 firefighters who, in the face of high winds at the scene last night, averted an ever greater tragedy this morning.
‘We will do whatever we can to help these families rebuild and make it through the Christmas period.’
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