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Major blaze at Chinese restaurant

More than 50 firefighters are tackling a major blaze at a Chinese restaurant in Derry city centre.

The fire was reported just before 1pm at the Mandarin Palace Restaurant on Lower Clarendon Street, the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) said. No casualties were discovered.

Eight fire appliances, two aerial ladders and a command and control unit fought the flames.

A fire service spokesman said: "There is a total of 52 NIFRS personnel currently at the scene.

"Outside NIFRS resources have been brought into the city to stand by at both the Crescent Link and Northland fire stations to provide normal coverage for other emergencies, as is the normal practice."

Police said Strand Road and the road between Queens Quay roundabout and Harbour Square roundabout were closed.

Officers advised householders and businesses nearby to keep their windows shut due to heavy smoke.

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