27/04/2007

Gorse fire may be 'malicious'

A major gorse fire on Black Mountain is thought to have been started maliciously, according to the Fire and Rescue Service.

Up to 50 acres of National Trust land was destroyed in an overnight fire on the outskirts of Belfast.

Three fire crews worked for hours to deal with the blaze while four crews dealt with another incident where tyres were burning at Ligoneil.

Dermot McCann of the National Trust, said: “This is an ongoing set of malicious fires that have been lit on the mountain, and it has been ongoing since Easter.”

He added: “These fires can result in the loss of life, never mind habitat and animals on the site – we have cows on the property, it is an open farm, and we have about 25 horses as well.

“It is endangering everyone on the mountain – and it also puts the lives of the emergency services at risk. Depending on which way the wind goes, it can really get very bad very quickly.”

An investigation is due to be carried out today to establish whether the blaze was deliberate.

(JM/KMcA)

Related Northern Ireland News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

17 July 2001
ASSEMBLY CREATE AWARD TO HONOUR FIRE SERVICE
THE Northern Ireland Fire Service is to receive the first ever award given by the province's devolved assembly. An illuminated scroll is to be presented to Chief Fire Officer John McClelland on Tuesday, by assembly speaker Lord Alderdice in tribute to the sacrifice made by fire fighters over the years.
21 January 2020
Firefighters Tackle Belfast Blaze
Firefighters have spent the night tackling a large blaze in south Belfast. A building on University Road was reported to be on fire shortly after 1am this morning, Tuesday 21.
17 January 2020
Limavady Blaze Ruled Deliberate
A house fire in Limavady, Co L'Derry has been ruled as arson by the NIFRS. Police are appealing for information following the "reckless act" in the Coolessan Walk area of the town shortly before midnight on Thursday night, 16 January.
17 September 2014
Community Fire Station Opens In Omagh
Public Safety Minister Edwin Poots has opened a new £4.4m Community Fire Station in Omagh, County Tyrone. The new Community Fire Station & District Headquarters on the Killybrack Road includes onsite facilities for firefighter training and transport and engineering workshops.
02 April 2012
NI's Chief Fire Officer Announces His Retirement
The Chief Fire Officer for Northern Ireland, Peter Craig, has announced that he is to retire after over 35 years of distinguished Service. Peter Craig is one of the longest serving officers in Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service and was appointed as Chief Fire Officer in February 2011, having been the acting Chief from July 2010.