Belfast Telegraph

Friday 1 August 2014

Folks on the hill enjoy bonfire night

People take photographs with their phones of bonfires burning across Belfast from Cavehill
People take photographs with their phones of bonfires burning across Belfast from Cavehill

Bonfires set the Belfast skyline alight as the annual Eleventh Night celebrations took place.

The moment the massive bonfires built across the city – many of which were more than 100ft tall – were lit was captured in spectacular photographs taken from Cavehill overlooking the Lagan valley.

Throughout the night the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) dealt with a total of 160 emergency calls between 6pm on Friday and 1am on Saturday. They said 58 calls were related to bonfires.

An elderly man was among four people led to safety by firefighters after a large bonfire began to affect the roofs of three houses in Belfast.

Four fire engines attended the fire at Hopewell Avenue, off the Cliftonville Road.

Firefighers had to intervene in 28 of the bonfire call-outs, by either dampening down the flames or ensuring the safety of nearby people and property.

During the Hopewell Avenue bonfire, the NIFRS said: "Four main jets, two foam jets and two hose reel jets were deployed as three nearby roofs were being affected by the blaze."

Meanwhile, eight people were arrested for public order offences following a number of disturbances in parts of north and west Belfast following incidents during the Eleventh night.

Officers dealt with incidents in Lanark Way, Oldpark Road and the Springfield Road.

However, police said the annual bonfire night passed off "without major incident" and was "one of the most peaceful in recent years".

Assistant Chief Constable Will Kerr said he appreciated the efforts of the community.

Speaking on Saturday, he said: "I am pleased that last night was one of the most peaceful in recent years and am encouraged by the responsible behaviour of the vast majority of people involved."

Meanwhile three men – a 28-year-old, 19-year-old and a 21-year-old – were stabbed in separate incidents across the city

The 28-year-old was stabbed during sectarian clashes at Ormeau Bridge, south Belfast. Police separated rival gangs of loyalists and republicans.

In east Belfast, a 21-year-old man was stabbed in Montrose Street.

Neither victim has life-threatening injuries.

A 19-year-old man was stabbed in the back at Mountainhill Road, Ligoniel, north Belfast at about 1.20am.

He remains in a stable condition in hospital.

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