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35 firefighters tackle Coleraine blaze

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NIFRS received a call at approximately 22:00hrs last night to a fire in a building in the Riverside Regional Centre, Coleraine.

7 fire appliances and approximately 35 firefighters from Coleraine, Portstewart, Portrush and Londonderry attended the scene.

Firefighters used cutting equipment to gain access to the rear of one of the premises.

It is understood that all premises are fine with only one slightly water damaged.

Nearby fast-food restaurants shut for a period of time whilst firefighters brought the blaze under control. .

A spokesperson for NIFRS said“Firefighters dealt with a fire in Indus Valley Restaurant and worked hard to prevent the fire from spreading to adjacent buildings and businesses.

“The incident was dealt with at 00.46am (25 March 2019) and the cause of the fire remains under investigation.”

Roads reopened a short time later.

In a social media post this morning a neighbouring business said ‘Hullabaloos is sadly closed today (Monday 25 March) due to a fire next door.

We are thankful that no one was injured and luckily the fire did not spread to our unit but sadly we do have some smoke damage that our amazing staff will be spending the day cleaning up.

We hope to re-open on Tuesday 26 March and will keep you all updated later this evening to confirm.’

Cllr Michelle Knight McQuillan said, “The premises at riverside retail Park were ablaze in a matter of minutes. When I arrived there was smoke visible from one of the roofs but as the fire crews arrived the smoke intensified greatly and crackling of the fire could be heard from inside at quite a distance away.

The fire crews had tremendous difficulty accessing the building due to the security shutters and had to use cutting equipment to cut through the metal shutters, whilst some crew cut through the tiled roof with what appeared to be heavy axes. Whilst watching the scene unfold I could not help but think that probably dozens of people would be affected by this fire.

All four premises are likely to have been damaged either by fire or smoke. This is the third time this area has suffered from fire damage and yet again jobs and business will be severely affected, especially at a time when businesses are preparing for the busy Easter period ahead”.

MLA Maurice Bradley said: “Thankfully no-one was hurt in the fire, but there has been a drastic loss of business to the restaurants and fast food outlets in the area, not to mention the destruction of Indus Valley, I believe, the third time a fire has occurred here.

“Members of the NIFRS were quickly on the scene, and with the first of gas tanks at the rear of premises catching fire members of the PSNI formed a cordon around the area, diverting traffic away from the danger scene.
“It was tragic to see a business go up in smoke, but the rapid response from the emergency services saw they fire quickly brought under control and normality restore around midnight”, concluded Bradley.

A police spokesperson said ‘At this time we are not treating this as suspicious’

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