/Firefighters tackle large blaze at Bombardier site in east Belfast

Firefighters tackle large blaze at Bombardier site in east Belfast

Fifty firefighters have tackled a major blaze at the east Belfast site of international aerospace company Bombardier.

escribing the blaze as “a significant incident”, a Fire & Rescue Service spokesman said the fire was in the Airport Road manufacturing facility. It was “well alight” when firefighters arrived on the scene.

Seven fire appliances, including an aerial one, were dispatched as a pall of black smoke rose over Belfast Harbour shortly before 9pm on Sunday.

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Firefighters tackling a large fire in the docks area of Belfast on May 24th 2020 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph) Firefighters tackling a large fire in the docks area of Belfast on May 24th 2020 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)


Firefighters tackling a large fire in the docks area of Belfast on May 24th 2020 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)

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Firefighters tackling a large fire in the docks area of Belfast on May 24th 2020 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)

The fire was brought under control.

“Operations are being scaled back with a small number of resources remaining at the scene to damp down,” the spokesman said at around 11pm.

“The fire appears to have started in machinery and the cause of the incident is under investigation. At this stage the cause is believed to be accidental.

“There were no injuries at the incident.”

Earlier Councillor Jim Rodgers said: “It’s too early to say what the cause of this fire is, but it could be a major blow to Bombardier, who employ 3,000 people at the site.

“The majority of them had just returned to work after being furloughed because of the virus. The last thing we need is for Bombardier to be hit like this.”

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Firefighters tackling a large fire in the docks area of Belfast on May 24th 2020 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph) Firefighters tackling a large fire in the docks area of Belfast on May 24th 2020 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)


Firefighters tackling a large fire in the docks area of Belfast on May 24th 2020 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)

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Firefighters tackling a large fire in the docks area of Belfast on May 24th 2020 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)

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