23/11/2021

Ballymoney Factory Fire Declared 'Major Incident'

A fire at a former poultry factory in Ballymoney has been declared a major incident with more than 100 firefighters still at the scene.

The fire was first reported at 4.45pm on Monday on the Ballymena Road. 15 pumping appliances and 10 specialist appliances attended the scene of the blaze.

The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) fought the fire overnight and have said that they expected to remain at the scene for "at least another 24 hours".
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Speaking on BBC's Good Morning Ulster programme, NIFRS Group Commander Ryan Thompson said that the firefighting operations were now "contained within the footprint of the building".

He added that they were continuing to call on the public to "stay indoors and to keep windows closed in the immediate area because of the risk of asbestos. Once again, it is still burning in the building."

It is understood that police manning roadblocks in the area are using protective breathing masks due to concern about possible asbestos in the air.

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