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'£90,000 bill' to repair Belfast Shankill homes destroyed by bonfire

Published 19/09/2016

Some of the Belfast Shankill homes destroyed by an Eleventh Night bonfire cost taxpayers £90,000 to repair, it has been reported.

Five homes on Hopewell Square were damaged when the fire spread to the row of terraced properties.

Four of those were owned by the Housing Executive, of which three were gutted and the fourth smoke damaged.

The Irish News reported that the cost to the public purse to repair those Housing Executive owned properties came in at £90,000.

Among those forced from their home was 73-year-old Lily Turtle.

Lily and two-year-old grandaughter Skyla were asleep in an upstairs bedroom when the house caught fire.

An online fundraising campaign was set up to help those affected and Lord Mayor Brian kingston promised a review to prevent a re-occurrence.

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Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 11th July 2016 - General view of firemen at the scene of the 'eleventh nightÄô bonfire in the Lower Shankill Estate in west Belfast where several house caught fire from embers.
The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) said it had four appliances dealing with a significant fire involving a row of terrace properties in Hopewell Square in the early hours of Tuesday morning.
Traditionally, bonfires are lit in many loyalist areas of Northern Ireland on the 'eleventh night' - on the eve of the Twelfth of July.
They celebrate William of Orange's victory over King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690.
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Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 11th July 2016 - General view of firemen at the scene of the 'eleventh nightÄô bonfire in the Lower Shankill Estate in west Belfast where several house caught fire from embers. The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) said it had four appliances dealing with a significant fire involving a row of terrace properties in Hopewell Square in the early hours of Tuesday morning. Traditionally, bonfires are lit in many loyalist areas of Northern Ireland on the 'eleventh night' - on the eve of the Twelfth of July. They celebrate William of Orange's victory over King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. ¬ Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 11th July 2016 - General view of firemen at the scene of the 'eleventh nightÄô bonfire in the Lower Shankill Estate in west Belfast where several house caught fire from embers. The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) said it had four appliances dealing with a significant fire involving a row of terrace properties in Hopewell Square in the early hours of Tuesday morning. Traditionally, bonfires are lit in many loyalist areas of Northern Ireland on the 'eleventh night' - on the eve of the Twelfth of July. They celebrate William of Orange's victory over King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. ¬ Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 11th July 2016 - General view of firemen at the scene of the 'eleventh nightÄô bonfire in the Lower Shankill Estate in west Belfast where several house caught fire from embers. The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) said it had four appliances dealing with a significant fire involving a row of terrace properties in Hopewell Square in the early hours of Tuesday morning. Traditionally, bonfires are lit in many loyalist areas of Northern Ireland on the 'eleventh night' - on the eve of the Twelfth of July. They celebrate William of Orange's victory over King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. ¬ Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 11th July 2016 - General view of firemen at the scene of the 'eleventh nightÄô bonfire in the Lower Shankill Estate in west Belfast where several house caught fire from embers. The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) said it had four appliances dealing with a significant fire involving a row of terrace properties in Hopewell Square in the early hours of Tuesday morning. Traditionally, bonfires are lit in many loyalist areas of Northern Ireland on the 'eleventh night' - on the eve of the Twelfth of July. They celebrate William of Orange's victory over King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. ¬ Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 11th July 2016 - General view of firemen at the scene of the 'eleventh nightÄô bonfire in the Lower Shankill Estate in west Belfast where several house caught fire from embers. The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) said it had four appliances dealing with a significant fire involving a row of terrace properties in Hopewell Square in the early hours of Tuesday morning. Traditionally, bonfires are lit in many loyalist areas of Northern Ireland on the 'eleventh night' - on the eve of the Twelfth of July. They celebrate William of Orange's victory over King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. ¬ Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 11th July 2016 - General view of firemen at the scene of the 'eleventh nightÄô bonfire in the Lower Shankill Estate in west Belfast where several house caught fire from embers. The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) said it had four appliances dealing with a significant fire involving a row of terrace properties in Hopewell Square in the early hours of Tuesday morning. Traditionally, bonfires are lit in many loyalist areas of Northern Ireland on the 'eleventh night' - on the eve of the Twelfth of July. They celebrate William of Orange's victory over King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. ¬ Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
A house catches fire at the Lower Shankill bonfire as it is lit during July 12th celebrations in Belfast , 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
The Lower Shankill bonfire is lit during July 12th celebrations in Belfast , 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
The Lower Shankill bonfire is lit during July 12th celebrations in Belfast , 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Lily with her great-granddaughter Skyla Hogg, who was with her in the Hopewell Square house when it caught ablaze
The Lower Shankill bonfire is lit during July 12th celebrations in Belfast , 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
The Lower Shankill bonfire is lit during July 12th celebrations in Belfast , 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
A man dampens down a building as a bonfire is lit on the Shankill Road in Belfast on the "Eleventh night" to usher in the Twelfth commemorations. PA
The Lower Shankill bonfire is lit during July 12th celebrations in Belfast , 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Shankill bonfire: Belfast terraced houses gutted in fire. Picture By: Arthur Allison /Pacemaker.
Shankill bonfire: Belfast terraced houses gutted in fire. Picture By: Arthur Allison /Pacemaker.
General view of two terraced houses have been gutted and one damaged close to a bonfire in the Shankill area of Belfast. Fire fighters said at this stage it looked like the fires at Hopewell Square may have been caused by burning embers carried through the air. Investigations are continuing. Eleventh night bonfires had been lit across Northern Ireland. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
General view of two terraced houses have been gutted and one damaged close to a bonfire in the Shankill area of Belfast. Fire fighters said at this stage it looked like the fires at Hopewell Square may have been caused by burning embers carried through the air. Investigations are continuing. Eleventh night bonfires had been lit across Northern Ireland. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
General view of two terraced houses have been gutted and one damaged close to a bonfire in the Shankill area of Belfast. Fire fighters said at this stage it looked like the fires at Hopewell Square may have been caused by burning embers carried through the air. Investigations are continuing. Eleventh night bonfires had been lit across Northern Ireland. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
General view of two terraced houses have been gutted and one damaged close to a bonfire in the Shankill area of Belfast. Fire fighters said at this stage it looked like the fires at Hopewell Square may have been caused by burning embers carried through the air. Investigations are continuing. Eleventh night bonfires had been lit across Northern Ireland. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
General view of two terraced houses have been gutted and one damaged close to a bonfire in the Shankill area of Belfast. Fire fighters said at this stage it looked like the fires at Hopewell Square may have been caused by burning embers carried through the air. Investigations are continuing. Eleventh night bonfires had been lit across Northern Ireland. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Shankill bonfire: Belfast terraced houses gutted in fire. Two terraced houses have been gutted and one damaged close to a bonfire in the Shankill area of Belfast Northern Ireland . Fire fighters said at this stage it looked like the fires at Hopewell Square may have been caused by burning embers carried through the air. Picture By: Arthur Allison /Pacemaker.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 12-07-2016: Shankill bonfire: Belfast terraced houses gutted in fire. Two terraced houses have been gutted and one damaged close to a bonfire in the Shankill area of Belfast Northern Ireland . Fire fighters said at this stage it looked like the fires at Hopewell Square may have been caused by burning embers carried through the air. Picture By: Arthur Allison /Pacemaker.
Shankill bonfire: Belfast terraced houses gutted in fire. Two terraced houses have been gutted and one damaged close to a bonfire in the Shankill area of Belfast Northern Ireland . Fire fighters said at this stage it looked like the fires at Hopewell Square may have been caused by burning embers carried through the air. Picture By: Arthur Allison /Pacemaker.
Shankill bonfire: Belfast terraced houses gutted in fire. Two terraced houses have been gutted and one damaged close to a bonfire in the Shankill area of Belfast Northern Ireland . Fire fighters said at this stage it looked like the fires at Hopewell Square may have been caused by burning embers carried through the air. Picture By: Arthur Allison /Pacemaker.
Shankill bonfire: Belfast terraced houses gutted in fire. Two terraced houses have been gutted and one damaged close to a bonfire in the Shankill area of Belfast Northern Ireland . Fire fighters said at this stage it looked like the fires at Hopewell Square may have been caused by burning embers carried through the air. Picture By: Arthur Allison /Pacemaker.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 12-07-2016: Shankill bonfire: Belfast terraced houses gutted in fire. Two terraced houses have been gutted and one damaged close to a bonfire in the Shankill area of Belfast Northern Ireland . Fire fighters said at this stage it looked like the fires at Hopewell Square may have been caused by burning embers carried through the air. Picture By: Arthur Allison /Pacemaker.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 12-07-2016: Shankill bonfire: Belfast terraced houses gutted in fire. Two terraced houses have been gutted and one damaged close to a bonfire in the Shankill area of Belfast Northern Ireland . Fire fighters said at this stage it looked like the fires at Hopewell Square may have been caused by burning embers carried through the air. Picture By: Arthur Allison /Pacemaker.
Lily with her great-granddaughter Skyla Hogg, who was with her in the Hopewell Square house when it caught ablaze
Lily with her great-granddaughter Skyla Hogg, who was with her in the Hopewell Square house when it caught ablaze
The dying bonfire on Shankill estate, in front of the remains of the damaged properties
Firemen at the scene of the 'Eleventh Night' bonfire in the Lower Shankill Estate in west Belfast where several house caught fire from embers
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 11th July 2016 - General view of firemen at the scene of the 'eleventh nightÄô bonfire in the Lower Shankill Estate in west Belfast where several house caught fire from embers. The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) said it had four appliances dealing with a significant fire involving a row of terrace properties in Hopewell Square in the early hours of Tuesday morning. Traditionally, bonfires are lit in many loyalist areas of Northern Ireland on the 'eleventh night' - on the eve of the Twelfth of July. They celebrate William of Orange's victory over King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. ¬ Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 11th July 2016 - General view of firemen at the scene of the 'eleventh nightÄô bonfire in the Lower Shankill Estate in west Belfast where several house caught fire from embers. The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) said it had four appliances dealing with a significant fire involving a row of terrace properties in Hopewell Square in the early hours of Tuesday morning. Traditionally, bonfires are lit in many loyalist areas of Northern Ireland on the 'eleventh night' - on the eve of the Twelfth of July. They celebrate William of Orange's victory over King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. ¬ Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 11th July 2016 - General view of firemen at the scene of the 'eleventh nightÄô bonfire in the Lower Shankill Estate in west Belfast where several house caught fire from embers. The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) said it had four appliances dealing with a significant fire involving a row of terrace properties in Hopewell Square in the early hours of Tuesday morning. Traditionally, bonfires are lit in many loyalist areas of Northern Ireland on the 'eleventh night' - on the eve of the Twelfth of July. They celebrate William of Orange's victory over King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. ¬ Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

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