Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service

Incidents of Note

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.

 

Date, Time: Monday 23 July 2018, 2.50pm
Location: Larne
Details:

NIFRS responded to a road traffic collision involving two cars at Greenland Road, Larne. Firefighters assisted a woman in her 80s from 1 car and a woman in her 40s and 2 children from the other car. All occupants were assessed at the scene by ambulance personnel.

1 appliance from Larne Fire Station attended the incident.

Date, Time: Friday 20 July 2018 , 3.09pm
Location: Glengormley
Details:

Firefighters were called to a fire in a terraced property at  Carntall Road, Glengormley. Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus extinguished a fire in the kitchen and rescued a man in his 40s from a first floor bedroom using a ladder. Firefighters treated him at the scene with oxygen. A sounding smoke alarm alerted the occupant to the fire. The cause of the fire was determined as accidental. The incident was dealt with at 3.40pm.

 

Date, Time: Sunday 10th June 2018, 21:25
Location: ENNISKILLEN – RTC (2 CARS) – CASUALTIES / RESCUE
Details:

NIFRS responded to a road traffic collision involving two cars at Frith Pass, Enniskillen. Firefighters used hydraulic cutting gear to release a 35-year-old man from one car. Three other casualties were out of the vehicle on arrival of FRS. All four casualties were taken to hospital by ambulance. Fire crews from Enniskillen station attended the incident.

 

Date, Time: Sunday 10th June 2018, 21:06
Location: SAINTFIELD – RTC (2 CARS) – CASUALTIES / RESCUES
Details:

NIFRS responded to a road traffic collision involving two cars at Saintfield Road, Carryduff. Firefighters used hydraulic cutting equipment to release a 44-year-old man and a 26-year-old man. A 26-year-old man was out of one car on arrival of FRS. All three casualties were taken to hospital by ambulance. Fire crews from Carryduff, Central, Comber and Newtownards stations attended the incident.

 

Date, Time: Sunday 10th June 2018, 20:53
Location: GLENGORMLEY – RTC (2 CARS) – CASUALTIES / RESCUE
Details:

NIFRS responded to a road traffic collision involving two cars at Antrim Road, Glengormley. Firefighters used hydraulic cutting gear to release a 37-year-old man from one vehicle. A 36-year-old woman and a 24-year-old woman – classed as ‘walking wounded’- were out of the car on arrival of FRS. All three casualties were taken to hospital by ambulance. Fire crews from Glengormley and Central stations attended the incident.

 

Date, Time: Sunday 10th June 2018, 20:21
Location: CARRICKFERGUS – RTC (2 CARS) - CASUALTIES
Details:

NIFRS responded to a road traffic collision involving two cars at Upper Road, Carrickfergus. Three casualties were released by ambulance personnel before arrival of FRS. Firefighters made scene safe. Fire crew from Carrickfergus station attended the incident.

 

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