Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service

Commercial Property, Primark Building, Belfast

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

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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