Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service

Old Downe Hospital, Downpatrick

Date, Time: Tuesday 9 February 2021, 7.28pm
Location: Pound Lane, Downpatrick

Firefighters were called to reports of a fire in the old Downe Hospital in Downpatrick.

Over the course of the incident 9 Appliances attended the incident including 2 Appliances from Downpatrick Fire Station, 2 Appliances from Knock Fire Station, 2 Appliances from Ballynahinch Fire Station, 1 Appliance from Newcastle Fire Station, an Aerial Appliance and a Command Support Unit.

Firefighters used ladders to fight the fire externally and wore breathing apparatus to enter the building and fight the fire internally. They used 2 hose reel jets and 2 jets to extinguish the fire, which was confined to the ground and first floor of the building. The incident was dealt with by 12.20am on Wednesday 10 February and the cause of the fire is believed to have been deliberate ignition.

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