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A Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) Spokesperson said:
“We received a call at 02.10am this morning (3 April 2019) to attend a fire in a block of apartments on Great Victoria Street, Belfast.
“In total 8 Fire Appliances and 55 Firefighters from Central, Cadogan, Springfield, Westland, and Lisburn Fire Stations were involved in tackling the blaze that started on the first floor.
“Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus extinguished the fire using firefighting jets and searched the 6 floor premises. All 80 occupants were safely evacuated following extensive smoke spread. NIFRS worked alongside Northern Ireland Ambulance Service and Belfast City Council to relocate occupants to nearby community centre.
“The incident was dealt with at 06.01am. The cause of the fire is being treated as accidental.”