Restaurants damaged in Coleraine fire

Published Friday, 14 February 2014
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Two restaurants have been left damaged following a fire in Coleraine, Co Londonderry.

Restaurants damaged in Coleraine fire
The fire broke out on Friday evening. (© Mark Jamieson)

The blaze broke out in the kitchen of the Yoko Noodle Bar in the Riverside Park North area of the town at around 6.30pm on Friday.

The fire was able to take hold and spread to the roof space of the property before moving into the neighbouring Indus Valley Indian restaurant, the fire service said.

The Yoko, the Indus Valley and a number of other businesses in the area had to be evacuated.

Five fire appliances, including an aerial appliance, and 36 firefighters were called to tackle the blaze.

The crews battled to put out the blaze for almost three hours.

Late on Friday night they remained at the scene to ensure the fire could not re-ignite.

The Fire Service said the Yoko restaurant was "significantly damaged" in the incident, while the neighbouring business suffered smoke and water damage.

Group commander, Paul Coyle from the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service confirmed there were no injuries.

He said: "To begin with it was challenging to get to the main seat of the fire, but we were soon able to bring it under control.

"While we know the fire broke out in the kitchen it is too early to say what caused it, but hopefully we will be able to determine that in our investigations.

"But I am happy to report there are not injuries."

© UTV News
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Diane in Coleraine wrote (346 days ago):
A customer videoed the fire as he exited Yoko during evacuation and has already posted it on FB. The clip shows the fire in the Kitchen and extractor fan. A Big well done to the staff for getting everyone out safely and for the customers co-operation. ?goes out to those effected and big well done to the fire fighters.
Paul in Ballyclare wrote (346 days ago):
The best resturant every get back soon
Dave Masterson in Belfast wrote (346 days ago):
Who ordered the extra hot chicken wings??
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