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Fire Service attend 'incident' at Thales weapon making factory in Belfast

By Claire Williamson

Published 24/05/2016

The incident in east Belfast.
The incident in east Belfast.

A person has been treated for shock following a fire at a weapons making factory in east Belfast.

Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service were called to the scene just after 7am to the report of a fire at the Alanbrooke Road area of Castlereagh.

Two fire crews were deployed to the scene and firefighters using breathing apparatus, thermal imaging cameras and a hosereel jet dealt with a fire in a chemical treatment room.

The building was evacuated and minor damage was caused to ventilation.

The water sprinkler system activated inside the premises which the NIFRS said suppressed the fire as crews dealt with the incident.

A spokeswoman for Thales said: "We have had a very small fire and it was all contained to the one area.

"The incident is being handled by the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service and we are waiting on them to allow us to return.

"The alarm was raised and all employees evacuated as a precaution, there was no danger to any employees."

A NIFRS spokesman said:“One person was treated for shock at the scene

“Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service finished at the scene at 09:55am and the fire is being treated as accidental.”

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