Major Blaze At Furniture Shop In Ballymena

A major fire has broken out at a furniture shop in Ballymena, Co Antrim.

The blaze started at Woodgreen Furniture on Broughshane Street at around 5pm on Tuesday, 31 May.

The fire has spread to at least five other adjoining businesses and extensive damage has been caused.

Emergency services attended the scene and brought the fire under control.

Broughshane Street will remain closed and traffic is being diverted at Chapel Roundabout, according to the police.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.
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Alliance Westminster candidate for North Antrim, Patricia O'Lynn, said: "A number of businesses have been destroyed and others damaged in this major fire. There is real concern that jobs could be lost as the owners seek to rebuild or relocate their businesses. It will be some days before the full extent of the damage can be assessed, but I would hope all statutory agencies and relevant insurance companies can work as quickly as possible to help owners get up and running again.

"It is fortunate there was no loss of life, and I send my best wishes to the firefighter who was injured carrying out an invaluable job serving the community."


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