Fire at Occupy Belfast bank

Published Tuesday, 30 October 2012
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A blaze has broken out at a disused bank in Belfast city centre that had been inhabited by Occupy Belfast.

Fire at Occupy Belfast bank
Fire crews deal with a blaze at a disused bank inhabited by Occupy Belfast. (© UTV)

Fire crews were at the scene in Royal Avenue shortly after 8pm on Tuesday.

Members of the group Occupy Belfast moved into the building earlier this year to protest against government cuts.

Royal Avenue was closed for a time while crews dealt with the fire.

A PSNI spokesperson said "Police attended a fire at a derelict commercial premises in the Royal Avenue area.

"There were no evacuations and no injuries in this incident."

The cause of the blaze is still being investigated and it is not yet clear what damage it has caused to the building. No one was inside at the time.

© UTV News
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Aaron Dean in Belfast wrote (819 days ago):
For anyone present (including & especially the emergency services) it was clear to see that the fire was certainly not a 'blaze' but in fact a bon fire that the residents were attending to on the roof top until the fire brigade was called (I assume costing a sizable amount of tax payers money and an unnecessary waste of water). I would suggest that the situation could have been diffused initially by communicating to the people responsible that they need to put the fire out themselves or the authorities would be called (assuming the fire was in breach of the law?)
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