31 May 2023
Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) Group Commander, Gerry Clifton said:
“We can confirm that the fire at a derelict building on Samuel Street, Belfast is now over.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation and we will continue to work with the Police Service of Northern Ireland and our other partner agencies during the course of the investigation. NIFRS received the initial call at 2.40am this morning.
At the height of the incident there were 40 Firefighters and 8 Officers involved in the firefighting operation. Six Fire Appliances from Central, Whitla, Springfield, Westland & Cadogan, a Command Support Unit from Lisburn and 2 Aerial Appliances from Springfield and Knock attended the incident.
Our Firefighters worked tirelessly throughout the duration of the incident to ensure that the fire was brought under control and prevented the spread to nearby premises in Belfast City Centre.
We would like to thank the public for their patience whilst we dealt with the incident.”