Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service

Incidents of Note

Date, Time: 16 November 2018, 8.59pm
Location: Omagh
Details:

The thoughts and sympathies of Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) are with the family and friends of a man who died following a house fire last Friday night (16 November 2018) in the Omagh area.

 

NIFRS received a call at 8.59pm to a detached bungalow on Botera Upper Road, Omagh Co. Tyrone.

 

Two Fire Appliances from Omagh Fire Station, one Fire Appliance from Fintona Fire Station and one Fire Appliance from Dromore Fire Station attended the incident.

 

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus entered the property and carried out a search. Sadly a 77 year old man was confirmed dead at the scene.

 

The cause of the fire has not yet been determined and will be subject to investigation, in liaison with the PSNI.

 

The incident was dealt with at 11.09pm (16 November 2018).

Date, Time: 14 November 2018, 8.04pm
Location: County Antrim
Details:

The thoughts and sympathies of Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) are with the family and friends of a man who died following a house fire last night (14 November 2018) in the Toomebridge area.

 

NIFRS received a call at 8.04pm to a 2 storey detached farmhouse on Carlane Road, Toomebridge, Magherafelt.

 

2 Fire Appliances from Magherafelt Fire Station and 1 Fire Appliance from Antrim Fire Station attended the incident.

 

Firefighters encountered a severe fire on the first floor.  Wearing breathing apparatus they entered the property and worked in intense heat and heavily smoke logged conditions to rescue a man in his 50s.  Firefighters carried the man down to the ground floor where he was treated at the scene by both Firefighters and ambulance personnel. He was taken to Antrim Area Hospital and sadly later died.

 

NIFRS would like to commend the Breathing Apparatus team for their valiant efforts in rescuing the man from the fire. 5 Firefighters were injured while carrying out the rescue.  4 Firefighters sustained minor burns and were treated at the scene by ambulance personnel – 1 of them required hospital treatment and was later discharged.  The fifth Firefighter was taken to hospital with concussion due to fallen debris inside the property. He was kept overnight and has since been discharged.

 

The cause of the fire has not yet been determined and will be subject to investigation, in liaison with the PSNI.  There was a smoke alarm fitted in the property and part of the investigation will consider if it sounded.

 

 

The incident was dealt with at 12.16am (15 November 2018).

 

Date, Time: 11 November 2018, 12.12am
Location: Kyle Street, Belfast
Details:

 The thoughts and sympathies of Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) are with the family and friends of the man who died following a house fire yesterday morning (11 November 2018) in Belfast.

 

NIFRS received a call at 12.12am to a 2 storey mid terrace house in Kyle Street, Belfast. 2 Fire Appliances from Knock Fire Station and 1 Fire Appliance from Central Fire Station attended the incident.

 

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus entered the property and carried out a search. Firefighters rescued a man in his 50s from a first floor bedroom and removed him to the ground floor of the property where they administered first aid prior to the arrival of the Ambulance Service.  A small smouldering fire in the bedroom was extinguished by Firefighters. Tragically the man was confirmed dead at the scene by Ambulance personnel.

 

Firefighters used gas monitors to check for the presence of carbon monoxide in the adjoining properties – all readings were zero.

 

 

The cause of the fire was determined as accidental.

 

The incident was dealt with at 3.04am.

 

Date, Time: 4 November 2018, 5.47am
Location: Lenamore, Muff, Donegal
Details:

NIFRS responded to a call at 5.47am on 4 November 2018 to a well-developed fire in stables at Lenamore, Muff.  A horse transporter was also on fire to the rear of the property.

 

3 appliances, 2 from Northland Fire Station and 1 from Crescent Link Fire Station, attended the incident. Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus extinguished the fire and prevented it from spreading to adjacent stables.

 

2 horses died at the scene prior to the arrival of Fire Crews. A woman in her 20s was treated at the scene by ambulance personnel for smoke inhalation and minor burns. She was taken to hospital by ambulance.

 

The incident was dealt with at 7.21am. The cause of the fire appears to be accidental.

 

The scene was handed over to Donegal Fire Service and An Garda Siochana for further investigation.

Date, Time: 27 October 2018, 1.07am
Location: Newry
Details:

At 1.07 am on 27 October 2018, Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service received a call to a fire in commercial premises at Carnbane Industrial Estate, Newry. On arrival at the incident, initial crews were confronted by a well-developed fire in a single storey property. At the height of the incident there were 5 fire appliances, 1 Aerial Ladder Platform and a specialist Command Support Unit, with a total of 40 firefighters on the fire ground. The fire was brought under control with a water tower from the Aerial Ladder Platform and by firefighters wearing breathing apparatus and using firefighting jets. The cause of the fire is undetermined and a full fire investigation will take place.

Date, Time: 24 October 2018, 11.53pm
Location: Londonderry
Details:

Firefighters were called to a fire in the kitchen of a ground floor flat. 2 appliances from Northland Fire Station and 1 from Crescent Link Fire Station attended the incident. Firefighters rescued a woman in her 30s from the flat and treated her at the scene for smoke inhalation. She was taken to hospital by ambulance. Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus extinguished the fire. The cause of the fire was determined as accidental. The incident was dealt with at 12.39am (25 October 18).

 

 

Date, Time: Friday 5 October 2018, 2.31am
Location: Cookstown
Details:

The thoughts and sympathies of Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) are with the family and friends of the 28 year old man who tragically died following a flat fire in Queens Avenue, Cookstown, in the early hours of this morning (Friday 5 October 2018).

 

We received a call to Queens Avenue at 2.31am initially to a report of a carbon monoxide alarm sounding in a flat.  While in attendance at this incident Firefighters noticed blackened windows in a neighbouring first floor flat.

 

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus immediately entered that property and rescued a man from the living room of the flat.  Sadly he died at the scene.  A fire in the kitchen of the property had burnt itself out.

 

The cause of the fire is believed to be accidental.  This tragic incident, which has occurred during Fire Safety Week 2018, emphasises the importance of following our basic fire safety advice, including having working smoke alarms and the need to test them once a week.

 

Firefighters carried out gas readings in the flat that the initial call was received to and low levels of carbon monoxide were detected as a result of the earlier fire in the neighbouring property and Firefighters dealt with this.  1 adult and 2 children were out of the flat on arrival of Fire Crews.

 

Three Fire Appliances were in attendance at these incidents – 2 from Cookstown and 1 from Dungannon Fire Station.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Date, Time: Thursday 27 September 2018, 2.11am
Location: Coleraine
Details:

At 2.11am 27 September 2018 a call was received to a block of flats in Beresford Court Coleraine.  2 Appliances from Coleraine, 1 from Portstewart, 1 from Portrush, an Aerial Platform from Cresent Link Fire Station and a Command Support Unit and Appliance from Kilrea Fire Station attended the incident along with the Fire Emergency Support Service provided by the Red Cross.  Firefighters dealt with a fire in a second floor flat of a 3 storey block of flats. 12 residents were led to safety by Firefighters. The cause of the fire is believed to be deliberate. Over 30 Firefighters were involved in attending the incident and prevented the fire  from spreading.  The Red Cross Fire Emergency Support Service was in attendance to offer support and help to residents. The incident was dealt with at 4.58am.

Date, Time: Wednesday 19 September 2018,
Location: Northern Ireland wide
Details:

On 19 September 2018, NIFRS dealt with a number of Storm Ali related incidents. From 8am until 6pm NIFRS received 155 calls and attended  41 weather-related incidents across Northern Ireland, rescuing 4 people.

 

Incidents of note:

 

NIFRS received a call at 12.11pm to attend a weather related incident involving fallen trees at Slieve Gullion Forest, Newry. Crews from Crossmaglen and Newry Fire Stations and the Specialist Rescue Team attended alongside ambulance service, air ambulance and PSNI. Tragically a man in his 20s died at the scene and another man in his 40s was taken to hospital.

 

Firefighters from Central, Cadogan and Springfield Fire Stations together with the Specialist Rescue Team attended an incident in Osborne Park, Belfast involving a tree having fallen on an oil delivery tanker.  Firefighters with the assistance of ambulance personnel rescued 1 man in his 40s from the tanker cab and he was taken to hospital by ambulance.

 

 

 

 

Date, Time: Monday 17 September 2018, 8.55pm
Location: Ulsterville Avenue, Londonderry
Details:

NIFRS responded to a call at 8.55pm last night, 17 September, to a fire in the disused Ebrington Primary school site at Ulsterville Avenue, Londonderry.

 4 appliances, 3 from Crescent Link Fire Station and 1 from Northland Fire Station, attended the incident. Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus extinguished the fire.

 

A Firefighter injured his arm during the incident and required hospital treatment for stitches.

 

The incident was dealt with at 9.58pm and the cause of the fire was deliberate.

 

This was the third deliberate fire NIFRS has dealt with at this location having also attended incidents on the 16 and 17 August 2018.

 

“NIFRS would appeal to people not to start fires deliberately as they are putting themselves, the public and Firefighters at unnecessary risk.

 

Date, Time: Sunday 9 September 2018, 3.24pm
Location: Ballagh Road, Newcastle
Details:

Firefighters were called to a 2 car road traffic collision. 3 occupants of the cars were out on arrival of Fire Crews.  A woman in her 50s was rescued from 1 car by Firefighters using hydraulic cutting equipment with assistance from ambulance personnel. Firefighters treated her with oxygen therapy and she was taken to hospital by helicopter. The incident was dealt with at 5.46pm.

 

 

Date, Time: Tuesday 28 August 2018, 11am
Location: Primark building, Castle Street, Belfast
Details:

NIFRS received a call at 11am on 28 August 2018 to a fire on the top floor of the Primark building – a 5 storey commercial property in the Castle Street area of Belfast.

 

Update 29 August 2018 11am:

 

Over 30 Firefighters, 5 Fire Appliances, a Command Support Unit and an Aerial Appliance are currently still in attendance at the incident at Primark, Castle Street Belfast.  The incident is ongoing and fire-fighting operations will continue throughout today.

 

 There has been structural collapse within the building this morning and a 45 meter exclusion zone remains in place. 

 

 NIFRS continues to work closely with partner agencies to bring the incident to a conclusion and protect the safety of the public and our Firefighters.

 

Update 29 August 2018 5pm:

The incident at Primark, Castle Street, Belfast is ongoing.  There continue to be small pockets of fire within the building and a 45 meter exclusion zone remains in place.  Operations are expected to be scaled back to 3 Fire Appliances later this evening.

 

 There has been structural collapse within the building today.  The exterior of the building remains structurally intact.  We are continuing to work closely with engineers from Belfast City Council to determine the structural integrity and safety of the building. Once this has been completed a fire investigation will commence into the cause of the fire.

 

 In conjunction with our partners in Belfast City Council and the PSNI we have been facilitating escorted access for business owners in the local area who are affected by the incident to enable them to access and secure their properties.

 

 It is anticipated that Fire Crews will remain at the scene overnight and into tomorrow.

 

Update 31 August 2018:

The fire at Primark, Castle Street, Belfast which began on 28 August 2018 has been extinguished. The scene has been handed over to Primark, who are managing an outer cordon. 14 businesses remain closed within the cordoned area.

 

The fire investigation to determine the cause of the fire is ongoing.

 

This has been a complex operation and Fire Crews will maintain a watching brief over the coming days.

 

We commend Fire Crews for their tremendous efforts during this challenging incident and for saving the refurbished rear extension of the building and adjacent properties. We are also grateful for the valuable assistance provided by our multi-agency partners and the support from the public during this time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Date, Time: 15 August 2018, 17.07 hours
Location: Gracehill Road, Ballymoney
Details:

NIFRS attended a 2 vehicle road traffic collision on the Gracehill Road, Ballymoney on 15 August 2018.  Firefighters released 3 people trapped in the vehicles using hydraulic cutting equipment.  3 casualties were taken to hospital – 2 by Ambulance and 1 by Air Ambulance. 3 other people were treated by Ambulance Service at the scene.

2 Fire Appliances from Ballymoney Station, 1 from Coleraine Station and an Officer attended.

 

Date, Time: 15 August 2018, 22.51hours
Location: Meenan Square, Bogside, Derry
Details:

“NIFRS received a call at 22.51hours on 15 August 2018 to a bonfire incident at Meenan Square, Bogside, Derry.  A bonfire had been lit close to an electricity substation, an unoccupied building and other residential and business properties.

“3 Fire Appliances and an Aerial Appliance attended the incident to cool and protect the electricity substation and unoccupied building.  Other nearby buildings were monitored but no further action was required.

“Whilst at the scene a bottle was thrown at Firefighters, thankfully no-one was injured nor any damage caused to the fire appliance.

“NIFRS remained at the scene until 00.47hours.”

 

Date, Time: 14 August 2018, 6.59am
Location: Drum Road, Cookstown
Details:

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

“The thoughts and sympathy of NIFRS are with the family of the lady who died following a carbon monoxide incident at a house in the Drum Road, Cookstown this morning. (14 August 2018)

“NIFRS received a call at 6.59am from the NI Ambulance Service to attend a carbon monoxide incident.  Ambulance personnel were already at the scene and were treating two casualties, a man and woman, who were then transferred to Craigavon Area Hospital.

“Firefighters using gas monitors took gas readings from inside the property which found significant levels of carbon monoxide and ventilated the property.  Gas readings were also taken from adjacent houses and two properties were evacuated for a short time as a precaution. 

“For safety advice with regard carbon monoxide visit www.hseni.gov.uk/watchout or call 0800 0320 121.”

 

Date, Time: 14 August 2018, 6.03am
Location: New Lodge, Belfast
Details:

A NIFRS spokesperson said –

“NIFRS attended 2 incidents this morning (14 August 2018) at flats on the New Lodge Road, New Lodge, Belfast.

“The first call was received at 6.03am to a fire in a ground floor flat.  The fire was already out of arrival of the Fire Crews.  A search of the building was completed and all people were accounted for.  The cause of the fire was deliberate and PSNI attended the incident. NIFRS left the scene at 6.39am.

“A second call, to a different flat within the same building, was received at 7.14am. The call was received as a carbon monoxide alarm sounding in a flat on the first floor. On arrival, Fire Crews discovered a fire in the flat directly below the one were the carbon monoxide alarm was sounding. Residual smoke had caused the CO alarm to activate in the flat above.  A woman was assessed by Ambulance Service at the scene but did not require hospital treatment.  The fire in the ground floor flat was already out and is also being treated as deliberate.

“PSNI are investigating these incidents.”

 

Date, Time: Sunday 5 August 2018 , 8.13pm
Location: Killymeal Road, Dungannon
Details:

Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service responded to a call at 20.13 on Sunday 5th August regarding a fire in a disused school at Killymeal Road, Dungannon.

 

5 appliances (2 from Dungannon, and 1 from Armagh, Pomeroy and Lurgan) an aerial appliance, two water tankers and a command support vehicle with a total of 43 firefighters were engaged in bringing the incident under control. 

 

The incident was dealt with at 2.13am on Monday 6th August and the cause of the fire appears to be deliberate.

 

Date, Time: Sunday 29 July 2018, 11.36am
Location: Ballinderry Road, Aghalee
Details:

NIFRS’s largest Animal Rescue Incident took place yesterday (29 July 2018) as Firefighters rescued 72 pigs from a slurry pit on a farm in Aghalee, Co.Antrim. NIFRS received a call at 11.36am yesterday morning to attend an incident on the Ballinderry Road, Aghalee. 74 pigs, each weighing approximately 100kg had fallen into a pit containing approximately 3 feet of slurry.

 

NIFRS Large Animal Rescue Teams from Newcastle and Omagh Fire Stations, the Specialist Rescue Team from Central Fire Station and Fire Crews from Lurgan, Crumlin and Newcastle Fire Stations worked for nearly 7 hours in this protracted and challenging incident.

 

Firefighters from the Animal Rescue Teams 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. Firefighters rescued 72 pigs and 2 pigs died.  In terms of animal numbers this is largest animal rescue incident attended by NIFRS.

 

Farm animals in distress can pose a serious risk to 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.

 

The incident was dealt with at 5.53pm.

Group Commander Geoff Somerville with the rescued pigs.

Photo: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

 

 

Date, Time: Wednesday 25 July 2018, 5.27pm
Location: Drinnahilly Mountain, Newcastle
Details:

Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service was called to a forest fire in the Drinnahilly Mountain area close to Tollymore Forest park at 5.27pm on 25 July 2018.

 

A total of 8 pumping appliances and 4 specialist appliances with 60 firefighters and specialist Wildfire Officers attended the incident.

 

The incident affected approximately 8-10 acres of wildfire materials.

 

Fire Crews worked to contain the fire but had to withdraw from the area due to night-fall and potential danger to personnel.  A Fire Crew remained at the scene throughout the night to monitor the situation.

 

On the morning of 26 July, 5 appliances, the Specialist Rescue Team and specialist Wildfire Officers attended the incident to continue firefighting.

 

2 Irish Air Corps helicopters assisted NIFRS with firefighting operations over 2 days.

 

1 helicopter was involved in aerial firefighting and 1 was use for command and control.

 

The incident was dealt with at 9.44am on 29 July 2018.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Date, Time: Wednesday 25 July 2018, 12.14pm
Location: Castledawson
Details:

NIFRS was called at 12.14pm to a report of a shed on fire containing a number of gas cylinders including an acetylene cylinder in the Station Road area of Castledawson. Fire Crews from Magherafelt and Maghera extinguished the fire and are currently cooling and assessing the acetylene cylinder.

 

Some homes have been evacuated and a Police cordon is in place.

 

1 man suffered minor burns and Ambulance service was also at the scene.

 

The cause of the fire has been determined as accidental. The incident was dealt with at 4.13pm.

 

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