Fire crews fight blaze at Bank of Ireland’s Newry branch

Declan McAteer Posted by
Saturday, February 18th, 2012

Firefighters have tonight battled a blaze at the Bank of Ireland’s Trevor Hill branch in Newry.

At least three fire engines attended the scene as crews from The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service worked to bring the fire under control. Newry Times understands that the fire started in the basement or ground floor of the property and rose to the upper floors.

Speaking about the blaze, local MLA Dominic Bradley said, “There’s no visible damage to the facade, but quite a lot of internal damage, if only from the water used to put out the fire.”

He continued, “I’m concerned about the jobs of those who work in the bank. The only Bank of Ireland branch in Newry, it would be a major inconvenience to the people who would use it.”

The true extent of the damage and cause of the fire are not yet known, although several windows were broken as fire crews made attempts to bring the fire under control. It is understood that several fire appliances will remain in the area as a matter of precaution.

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