Fire breaks out at carpet store

Published Saturday, 07 June 2014
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More than 40 firefighters have tackled a fire at a retail park in east Belfast.

Fire breaks out at carpet store
The scene of the fire in east Belfast. (© UTV)

The fire started at the Carpetright store, beside Connswater Shopping Centre, shortly before 2pm Saturday, causing heavy smoke logging of adjacent premises.

A total of 11 fire engines, including two specialist aerial appliances, were needed to bring the well-developed fire under control.

A NIFRS spokesperson said there were no reports of any injuries.

Extensive damage was caused to the outlet and smoke damage was caused to adjacent units.

Police are working to establish the cause of the fire and have appealed for anyone with information to contact them at Musgrave Police Station on the non-emergency number 101.

© UTV News
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9 Comments
courtney in belfast wrote (191 days ago):
I was in work (connswater) this happened, more than likely faulty electrics or 1 of the staff smoking! Gald to hear every was okay!
Gareth in BELFAST wrote (192 days ago):
My wife for a retail store on the same site and she was informed it was most likely a couple of kids. Because they had earlier been chased from her store after. If it is the case the little tykes will most probably get away with it.
Anon in Belfast wrote (193 days ago):
This could have been caused by any amount of different factors, just because a shop catches fire dosen't mean its arson. Could be faulty electrics, or even the sprinkler system not working,even down to someone having a sneeky smoke in the staff loos and dropped it. But it is bad to see someones lively hood go up in smoke just like that.
jade in belfast wrote (193 days ago):
Im just glad that noone had got hurt, as for the shop thats someones work who will not be able to go back fpr a very long time due to someone bein so silly, i hope they find out how it happened and catch the people that did it
Dizzy in Belfast wrote (194 days ago):
Commercial buildings do not need sprinklers. What I can't understand is how this happened in the middle of the day when staff were in!! Did they not know what was happening???
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