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NIFRS Statement: Fire at Northern Bar, Railway Street, Armagh
A Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) Spokesperson said:
“The fire at the Northern Bar, Railway Street, Armagh has now been dealt with. Over 30 Firefighters were involved in bringing the well-developed blaze under control.
“Four Fire Appliances from Armagh, Keady, Portadown and Lisburn Fire Stations attended the incident along with the Command Support Unit from Lisburn Fire Station. Integral to Firefighting operations was the new Turntable Ladder Appliance based at Portadown Fire Station which also attended the incident. This enabled Firefighters to attack the fire from a height to quickly bring it under control.
“The call was received at 7.55am this morning (4 March 2019) and it was initially thought that there were people trapped within the premises. Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus quickly carried out a search of the building to confirm that no one was inside. The complex layout of the building, combined with floors that had been compromised due to the intensity of the fire, added significant challenges for firefighting operations. Firefighters worked hard to contain the fire and prevented it from spreading to adjacent buildings.
“The cause of the fire is under investigation. The incident was dealt with at 3.54pm”