31/05/2013

Rathlin Fire Brought Under Control

Fire crews from across Northern Ireland have been working to bring a large gorse fire under control.

Emergency services were called shortly after 1pm on Thursday after a gorse fire, spanning more than one kilometre, broke out on Rathlin Island.

It is understood the blaze started after some rubbish caught fire.

Crews from Ballycastle, Ballymoney, Ballyclare, Cushendall and Maghera made their way to the island on the Rathlin Ferry.

Access to the area proved difficult for the crews which allowed the flames to spread.

There are no reports of any injuries.

Fire Service group commander Fergal Leonard said it was challenging.

"It was difficult for us in terms of access to get at the fire, so it was very important that we dedicated our resources to this, obviously to protect the life and property that there is on Rathlin Island, and also there are sites of special scientific interest, there's nesting birds on the island," he explained.

(JP/CD)

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