31/05/2005

Teenager detained after healthcare centre fire

A teenager has been detained by police following a fire at a healthcare centre in south Belfast on Monday.

All the patients in the ward at Knockbracken Healthcare Park were safely evacuated after the blaze broke out at around 9.30pm. Patients from the ward spent the night in alternative accommodation within the hospital grounds.

A spokesperson for the South and East Belfast Trust, said he was pleased with how the situation was handled but said there were still a lot of lessons to be learnt about how such fires could be avoided in the future.

Around 25 firefighters called to the scene managed to bring the blaze under control in the early hours of Tuesday morning, but the ward was destroyed.

A spokesman for the fire service said the building would probably have to be demolished due to the extent of the damage caused by the blaze.

(MB/SP)

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