Probe into Titanic Quarter flat fire

Published Wednesday, 21 March 2012
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An investigation is underway into the cause of a major fire that gutted a third floor apartment in Belfast city centre on Wednesday afternoon.

Probe into Titanic Quarter flat fire
Fire crews are in the Titanic Quarter (© Pacemaker)

The blaze broke out in the Queen's Road area, close to the Odyssey Arena, at around 1.40pm.

There was no-one in the apartment at the time.

Six fire appliances battled to save the luxury apartment block in the Titanic Quarter. Significant smoke damage was caused to the surrounding flats.

John Legge, who lives in the apartment next door, says his girlfriend was in bed asleep after working a night shift when she awoke to the sound and smell of burning.

"She was terrified, I'm sure," he told UTV. "The whole balcony looks like it's completely destroyed."

Luckily, his apartment was not damaged - but he described the blaze as "quite worrying."

Alan Walmsley, Fire Service area commander, said that they arrived to the scene of "quite a major fire."

He said the crews acted swiftly to contain it, before adding: "Unfortunately, the flat is badly damaged."

A police spokesperson said the fire is being treated as non-suspicious at this stage.

© UTV News
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5 Comments
James in Belfast wrote (861 days ago):
Well said andy from lurgan. I think we are all tired from listening to negative and irrelevant comments from people. Fires happen anywhere, glad nobody was hurt.
Jamesbelfast in Belfast wrote (861 days ago):
From what we can gather from the reports this was an accidental fire which could occur in any building so why on earth do some people in our wee province be so negative in their comments. Yes I suspect any fire would have had the same coverage if reporters and cameras were close by. Yes folks most news reporting teams just happen to be based in downtown Belfast. Let me take this opportunity to say to the rescue serices have done another good job. Well done lads and lassies. Thankfully no one was injured.
AndyinLurgan in Lurgan wrote (862 days ago):
Such positive comments from Charlie & Liam.. If your going to the bother of typing a comment would it hurt to be positive? It was an accidental fire and nobody,luckily was injured and property can be replaced. Liam I suspect if it was a fire in an apartment block anywhere yes it would be reported on the news at some point. Charlie a fire can happen anywhere,just because it happened in Titanic quarter is no reason to be labelling the area unlucky just because of what its called! Why are people in this wee part of the world so quick to be negative ?
liam in belfast wrote (862 days ago):
nobody hurt, non-suspicious yet headline news. would it be headline news if it was a flat on a housing estate?
Charlie in Belfast wrote (862 days ago):
Regretfully it would appear that the word " TITANIC " or anything associated with the name of this unfortunate ship continues to be disasterous and unlucky.
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