A mother and daughter were rescued from their home after an oil tank fire spread to a row of terraced houses.
The alarm was raised just after 5am on Tuesday after the blaze took hold at the back of a bungalow in Kirkistown Walk, Belvoir, Belfast.
The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service said the mother and daughter were led to safety by crews.
“The fire involved an oil tank which quickly spread to a bungalow, which was in a row of terraced houses. This was a severe fire and the property has been destroyed,” a spokesman said.
Six other houses were damaged in the fire.
A pigeon coop at the back of one of the properties was destroyed, killing 22 birds, but eight survived.
Five fire appliances from Cadogan, Central and Knock and the Command Support Unit from Lisburn fire station fought the blaze for almost three hours.
Smoke alarms were fitted and alerted the occupants, the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service said.
An investigation has been launched into the cause of the blaze.