10/06/2008

Homes Evacuated In East Belfast Factory Blaze

More than 60 people have had to be evacuated from their homes in east Belfast following a fire at a derelict factory.

The fire reportedly broke out after 10pm last night at the former WJ Nelson premises in Grove Street off the Beersbridge Road. The residents have since been allowed to return.

Ten fire crews were called to the scene to battle the blaze. It has now been confirmed that the fire is being treated as suspicious.

Earlier on Monday, two schools in west Belfast had to be evacuated following a fire at the site of a former brewery.

St Mary's Christian Brothers grammar school and La Salle were both evacuated after the blaze broke out at the former Bass Ireland building on the Glen Road.

(KMcA/JM)

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