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Arson suspected as blaze guts disused north Belfast blinds factory

By Staff Reporter

A major fire has badly damaged a disused former factory in north Belfast.

Police and fire crews rushed to the old Charles Bell Blinds site on the Oldpark Road at lunchtime yesterday.

Several fire crews fought the blaze and an aerial appliance was also brought in to help douse the flames.

Police moved in to manage traffic in the area around the derelict building.

It's not clear what material was in the former factory, but it was a fierce blaze that took some time to get under control.

The roof of the building was badly damaged.

Smoke from the blaze blanketed the area around the fire for some distance.

Nearby residents as well as motorists were advised to close all windows and doors as a precaution, because of the large amount of smoke coming from the fire.

People walking in parks some distance away said acrid smoke made breathing unpleasant.

The window blinds firm moved from the site some years ago and is now thought to be operating in Carryduff. Police remained at the scene yesterday evening after the fire was extinguished to try and establish the precise cause of the blaze.

The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service has already said it is treating the blaze as "deliberate".

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