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Firefighters tackle latest in series of blazes at bonfires

By Rebecca Black

Published 04/07/2016

The bonfire at Shaw’s Bridge which was set alight on Saturday morning
The bonfire at Shaw’s Bridge which was set alight on Saturday morning

An Eleventh Night bonfire has been set alight in south Belfast.

The under-construction pyre at Milltown Road close to Shaw's Bridge, is understood to have been lit at around 1.30am on Saturday.

It took firefighters until around 8.30am to extinguish the blaze. The bonfire is one of the biggest in south Belfast, and is located close to a busy road. This was the latest in a series of such incidents in which bonfires have been lit prematurely.

The Edgarstown bonfire at Montague Street, Portadown, was targeted in the early hours of June 16 after a petrol bomb was thrown at it. DUP councillor Darryn Causby claimed it was "a deliberate attempt to raise tensions and fear". In April a bonfire at Mountcollyer Street, north Belfast, was lit.

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