Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service

Incidents of Note

Date, Time: 13 August 2019, 5.05pm
Location: Crumlin Road Courthouse, Belfast
Details:

“NIFRS responded to a fire at Crumlin road Courthouse on Tuesday 13 August.”

Seven fire appliances and 30 firefighters from across Belfast were in attendance, along with a high-reach aerial appliance. Firefighters used breathing apparatus and hose reel jets to extinguish the fire.

The cause of the fire was deemed to be deliberate ignition and it was under control by 7:35pm.”

Date, Time: 17 July 2019, 2.54am
Location: Laurel Hill Road, Coleraine
Details:

“NIFRS responded to a fire in a derelict building on the site of the former army base on Laurel Hill Road, Coleraine at 2.54am this morning.”

6 appliances from Coleraine, Portstewart, Portrush and Northland, attended the blaze. Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus extinguished the fire.

The incident is ongoing and one Aerial appliance remains on site.

Date, Time: 02 July 2019, 5.20am
Location: Steeple House, Antrim
Details:

NIFRS responded to a call at 5.20am this morning to a fire in the derelict Steeple House, Antrim. 2 appliances from Antrim, 1 from Ballymena and the turntable ladder & aerial from Springfield, Belfast attended the incident.

Crews dealt with the fire using breathing apparatus and hose reel jet.

The cause of the fire was determined as deliberate. The incident was dealt with at 1215pm.

Date, Time: 29 June 2019, 12.13pm
Location: Ligford Road, Strabane
Details:

“NIFRS responded to a coach on fire on the Ligford Road between Strabane and Plumbridge at 12:13am on 29 June.

3 appliances from Strabane, Castlederg and Newtownstewart attended the blaze. Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus extinguished the fire using foam jets.

The cause of the fire was deemed to be accidental. The incident was dealt with by 2.03pm’’

 

 

 

 

Date, Time: 21st June 2019, 7.00am
Location: The Mall West, Armagh
Details:

NIFRS responded to a call just before 7.00am this morning to a lorry on fire at The Mall West, Armagh.

 

2 fire appliances from Armagh station attended the incident. Crews dealt with the fire using breathing apparatus and hose reel jet.

 

The cause of the fire was determined as accidental. A male involved in the incident sustained superficial burns to his face.

 

The incident was dealt with at 7.12am.

Date, Time: 12th June 2019, 2.14am
Location: Ardmillan Crescent, Newtownards
Details:

Firefighters attended the scene of a small house fire in a living room of a house in Newtownards in the early hours of this morning. A working smoke alarm activated. An 81 year old female suffered minor smoke inhalation and was rescued by firefighters  and taken to hospital by ambulance.

Date, Time: 12 June 2019, 6.15am
Location: Maeve House, Duncairn Gardens, Belfast
Details:

Firefighters attended the scene of a fire on the 10th floor of a block of flats in Belfast. 4 Fire Appliances in total attended the scene where a grill pan caught fire. 1 male in his 40s suffered minor smoke inhalation and led to safety on Firefighters arrival. Firefighters assisted him to ambulance.

 

Date, Time: 6 June 2019, 12:10pm
Location: Killylacky Road, Lisnaskea
Details:

Firefighters attended an incident on a farm on the Killylacky Road, Lisnaskea.  One Fire Appliance from Lisnaskea Fire Station and 1 from Enniskillen Fire Station attended the incident. 

 

A man in his 70’s was overcome by slurry fumes while mixing slurry in a shed. The man had collapsed and he was rescued by another man in his 40’s from the shed prior to the arrival of Firefighters.  Both men were treated at the scene by paramedics.  Two cows in the shed were overcome by the fumes and died as a result.   The incident was dealt with at 1.27pm. 

 

 

 

Date, Time: 15 May 2019 , 8:30pm
Location: Annaghnaboe Road, Coalisland
Details:

Firefighters attended the scene of a light aircraft which had crashed during take-off.  2 Fire Appliances in total attended the scene from Dungannon. 2 male casualties aged 41 and 47 were out of the aircraft on Firefighters arrival.  Firefighters assisted them to ambulance.  Both casualties were taken to Craigavon hospital by ambulance.  The incident was dealt with at 9:26pm. 

 

Date, Time: 15 May 2019 , 4:35am
Location: St Brigid's College, L'Derry
Details:

Firefighters attended an incident at St Brigid’s College, Glengalliath Road, L’Derry.  3 Fire Appliances in total attended the scene, 2 from Northland, 1 from Crescent Link. Firefighters dealt with a fire at the rear of the building. The cause of the fire was determined as accidental. The incident was dealt with at 7:40am.

Date, Time: 24 March 2019, 10.07pm
Location: Fire at Riverside Regional Centre, Coleraine
Details:

NIFRS received a call at 10.07pm on 24 March 2019 to attend a fire  in a building in the Riverside Regional Centre, Coleraine. In total 7 Fire Appliances and 35 Firefighters from Coleraine, Portstewart, Portrush and Londonderry were involved in tackling the blaze.  Firefighters dealt with a fire in Indus Valley Restaurant and worked hard to prevent the fire from spreading to adjacent buildings and businesses. The incident was dealt with at 00.46am (25 March 2019) and the cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Date, Time: 20 March 2019, 10.57am
Location: Little Patrick Street, York Street, Belfast
Details:

NIFRS Specialist Rescue Team along with local Firefighters rescued a man from the 8th floor of a building under construction. He received medical attention by a paramedic and was transferred onto a stretcher and taken down from the 8th floor in the cage of a Turntable Ladder Appliance. He was taken to hospital by Ambulance.   The incident was dealt with at 12.21pm.   NIFRS Specialist Rescue Team, 2 Fire Appliances, a Turntable Ladder Specialist Appliance and the Fire Emergency Support Service attended the incident.  

Date, Time: 16 March 2019, 20.55
Location: An NIFRS spokesperson said - “Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) is appealing to people to stay away from the former St. Mary’s Youth Club/Creggan Community Centre, Fanad Drive, Creggan, following a number of deliberate fires in the derelict building. “Firefighters attended 5 incidents at the site over the weekend. The largest incident was on Saturday night (16 March 19). NIFRS received a call at 8.55pm to a well-developed fire. A total of 9 Fire Appliances, from Northland, Crescent Link, Strabane, Dungiven and Ballymoney Fire Stations, with approx. 40 Firefighters attended the incident to extinguish the fire which destroyed about 80% of the building. Firefighters were at the scene dealing with the incident until 2.15am on 17 March. “Firefighters also attended 4 other incidents at the site over the weekend, 3 of which involved rubbish deliberately set on fire. “NIFRS is appealing to people to stay away from the site and is warning about the dangers of deliberate fire setting. Deliberate fires are a risk to both the public and Firefighters and they could have an impact on the local community- if NIFRS resources are responding to a deliberate fire this may have the potential to cause a delay in response to a real emergency in the area. “NIFRS has been in contact with the owners of the site to ask that the site is secured.”
Details:
Date, Time: 13 March 2019, 8.05pm
Location: Lisnafin Park, Strabane
Details:

A Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) Spokesperson said:

“We received a call at 8.05pm last night, Wednesday 13th March, to attend a fire at a mid-terrace house in Lisnafin Park, Strabane.

“Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus extinguished the fire, which started in the kitchen, and prevented it from spreading to adjoining properties. The 2 women occupants of the house were treated by Ambulance Service personnel at the scene but did not require hospital treatment. The Fire Emergency Support Service (FESS) attended the incident to provide humanitarian assistance to the occupiers due to the extensive fire damage to the property.

“A smoke alarm was fitted in the house however we are unable to determine if it was sounding due to the damage caused to it by the fire.

“The cause of the fire is accidental and is believed to have started in the kitchen. 4 Fire Appliances attended this incident from Strabane, Newtownstewart and Northland Fire Stations. Firefighters also isolated the mains gas supply to the property and carried out gas monitor readings in the adjacent properties. All readings were zero.

“Following this accidental house fire, we would like to take this opportunity to remind people about our ‘STOP Fire’ campaign and the basic fire safety measures everyone should take to keep safe from fire. Fit a Smoke alarm, Test it every week, look out for the Obvious dangers of fire and Plan your escape routes. For more fire safety advice visit our website www.nifrs.org”

ENDS

Date, Time: 4 March 2019, 7.55am
Location: Railway Street, Armagh
Details:

Over 30 Firefighters dealt with a fire at the Northern Bar, Railway Street,  Armagh.  4 Fire Appliances from Armagh, Keady, Portadown and Lisburn Fire Stations attended the incident along with the Command Support Unit from Lisburn Fire Station and a Turntable Ladder Appliance based at Portadown Fire Station.  The cause of the fire was determined as deliberate. The incident was dealt with at 3.54pm. 

Date, Time: 19 February 2019, 10.09am
Location: Glenabbey Crescent, L'Derry
Details:

NIFRS received a call to a fire in the hallway of ground floor flats on Glenabbey Crescent, Derry at 10.09am on Tuesday 19 February 2019.

 

Three appliances attended the scene – two from Northland and one from Crescent Link Fire Station. A man in his 40’s was rescued by firefighters and treated by ambulance personnel at the scene. All other people in the flats were accounted for.

 

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus extinguished the fire. The cause of the fire has been determined as deliberate. Thankfully, the occupier had a working smoke alarm fitted which alerted him to the fire.  This incident demonstrates the importance of having a smoke alarm fitted on every floor of your home and the need to test it once a week to ensure its working.

 

 The incident was dealt with at 10.38am.

Date, Time: 11 January 2019, 6.22am
Location: Newtownbutler, Co. Fermanagh
Details:

Firefighters rescued 39 bulls from an overturned articulated cattle lorry on Cavan Road, Newtownbutler, Co. Fermanagh, this morning (Friday 11 January). NIFRS received a call at 6.22am to attend the 1 vehicle road traffic collision.

 

NIFRS Large Animal Rescue Team from Omagh Fire Station and Fire Crews from Lisnaskea and Enniskillen Fire Stations attended the incident which involved 42 bulls trapped in the overturned lorry.

 

Firefighters stabilised the vehicle and used hydraulic cutting equipment to release 39 bulls assisted by farm workers – 3 bulls died in the incident.

 

The driver of the lorry, a man in his 40s was out of the vehicle prior to arrival of Fire Crews and was treated at the scene by Ambulance personnel – he did not attend hospital.

 

The incident was dealt with at 9.49am. A local Vet also attended the incident. When released the bulls were contained in a nearby field.

Date, Time: 2 January 2018, 9.54pm
Location: Belfast
Details:

NIFRS responded to a call at 9.54pm on 2 January 2019 to a report of a fire in a flat at Mount Vernon Court sheltered dwellings, Belfast. 5 Fire Appliances from Whitla, Lisburn, Westland and Central Fire Stations attended the incident.

 

Firefighters rescued a woman in her 70s and 2 men in their 60s and 70s from the property – they were uninjured.   A man in his 80s was led to safety by Firefighters and treated at the scene by Ambulance personnel for smoke inhalation but did not attend hospital.  2 other residents from the floor where the fire occurred were out of the property prior to arrival of Fire Crews.

 

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus extinguished the fire in the flat and ventilated the property. Sounding smoke alarms alerted the occupants to the fire. The cause of the fire was accidental. The incident was dealt with at 11.59pm.

 

Date, Time: 28 December 2018, 8.03am
Location: Lakemount Road, Dromore, Co. Tyrone
Details:

At 8.03am on Friday 28th December, Firefighters were called to an incident involving three cows trapped in a slurry pit at a farm on Lakemount Road, Dromore.

 

NIFRS Large Animal Rescue Team from Omagh Fire Station, the Specialist Rescue Team from Central Fire Station and Appliances from Dromore, Fintona and Irvinestown Fire Stations attended the incident.

 

Firefighters wore breathing apparatus and used rescue lines to pull the animals free from the slurry pit.  Gas monitors were used throughout the incident to continually monitor gas levels from the slurry. Three cows were rescued from the slurry pit, the incident was dealt with at 10.30am.

 

Farm animals in distress can pose a serious risk to the farmer or anyone else attempting to rescue them.  Slurry incidents in particular pose their own serious risks given the dangerous gases that can be present in slurry. We would advise farmers not to attempt to rescue animals in these situations and to call 999 for assistance.

Date, Time: 28 December 2018, 1.05am
Location: Laurel Hill Road, Coleraine
Details:

NIFRS received a call to a kitchen fire at a mid-terrace property on Laurel Hill Road, Coleraine at 1.05am on Friday 28th December 2018. A woman in her 70’s was out of the premises before fire crews arrived, having been alerted by the smoke alarm.

 

Two appliances from Coleraine Fire Station attended the incident. Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus extinguished the fire. The woman was treated at the scene for smoke inhalation and was taken to hospital by ambulance.

 

The accidental fire is believed to have started in the tumble dryer. Thankfully, the occupier had a working smoke alarm fitted in her home which alerted her to the fire at an early stage.  She was able to leave the house before the arrival of the Firefighters.  This incident demonstrates the importance of having a working smoke alarm fitted in your home.

 

We would like to take this opportunity to remind people that leaving appliances such as washing machines, tumble driers or dishwashers, switched on when going to bed or leaving the house can create an extra fire hazard in the home.

 

NIFRS will be carrying out house visits in the area over the next few days to provide fire safety advice to local residents.

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