Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service

Incidents of Note

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.

Date, Time: 28 December 2018, 9.02am
Location: Hospital Road, Newry
Details:

NIFRS received a call at 9.02am on Friday 28th December to Daisy Hill Hospital, Newry where an ambulance was on fire. One appliance from Newry Fire Station attended the incident. 

 

The cause of the fire was accidental, started by an electrical fault within the engine.  An oxygen cylinder inside the ambulance was involved in the fire.  Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus quickly contained and extinguished the fire. There were no reports of any casualties.

 

The incident was dealt with at 9.39am.

Date, Time: 24 December 2018, 10.58am
Location: Enniskillen
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 on the morning of 24 December 2018 in Enniskillen.

 

NIFRS received a call at 10.58am to a terrace house in Braeside Park, Enniskillen. 2 Fire Appliances from Enniskillen Fire Station and 1 Fire Appliance from Irvinestown Fire Station attended the incident.

 

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus entered the property and carried out a search. A fire in the living room was extinguished by Firefighters. Sadly a man in his 80s was confirmed dead at the scene by Ambulance personnel.

 

The cause of the fire was determined as accidental.

 

The incident was dealt with at 11.20am.

 

NIFRS will have its Community Advice and Support Team in the area today (27 December 2018) supporting the community and offering fire safety advice to local residents.

Date, Time: 18 December 2018, 5.19pm
Location: Ardmore, Londonderry
Details:

At 5.19pm on Tuesday 19th December, NIFRS received a call to an animal rescue incident at a farm in Ardmore, Londonderry involving three cows trapped in a 9ft water pit.

 

Four appliances attended the incident – three from Crescent Link Fire Station and  one from Omagh Fire Station.  Firefighters and the Large Animal Rescue Team from Omagh Fire Station rescued the cows using specialist equipment and brought them to safety. The incident was dealt with at 7.15pm.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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