Belfast's Ormeau Road closed as fire service fights blaze
One of Belfast's busiest arterial routes was closed for a number of hours last night as firefighters battled a major blaze.
The Fire Service brought five pumping appliances and aerial apparatus to the scene at a house on the Ormeau Road.
The road was closed from around 9.20pm as firefighters worked to extinguish the blaze.
Fire Service Area Commander Aidan Jennings told the Belfast Telegraph that the fire started in the attic of a three-storey house close to the junction with Fitzroy Avenue.
He said the house was empty. Smoke travelled to the home next door but a man living in that house was able to walk safely from the scene.
Commander Jennings said it was not yet known how the fire started, but that a full investigation will be carried out.
A witness told the Belfast Telegraph that the area had been very busy with a large number of students recently arrived for the new academic year at nearby Queen's University.
"It was some scene with all the fire trucks," he said.