28/02/2008

Thatched Roof Pub Ablaze

Ten fire appliances have been sent to a major incident at an historic thatched pub near Lisburn.

The Tidy Doffer on the Ravernet Road, outside Lisburn, is reported to have been badly damaged in the blaze, although firefighters are still tackling what is described as a major blaze.

It is understood the fire began at about noon, just after the premises had opened for the day's business.

Two customers and about six staff had to be moved from the building. It is thought a spark from an open fire may have ignited the blaze.

Witnesses say the premises, one of Ireland's largest thatched roof pubs, has been extensively damaged.

(BMcC)




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