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Ballymoney fire: Tyre factory is badly damaged in blaze

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Emergency services dealing with a fire at industrial premises on Rodeing Foot in Ballymoney.

Emergency services dealing with a fire at industrial premises on Rodeing Foot in Ballymoney.

Emergency services dealing with a fire at industrial premises on Rodeing Foot in Ballymoney.

A huge blaze has badly damaged a tyre depot at an industrial estate in Co Antrim.

Two explosions were reported before the fire started at the premises of Ballymoney Tyre Centre yesterday.

Footage captured at the scene showed the scale of the blaze, with large plumes of smoke spreading across the area.

A spokesperson for the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service said: "Firefighters from Ballymoney, Coleraine and Kilrea Fire Stations attended a fire in a commercial building in Rodden Foot, Ballymoney this morning. Firefighters used five jets to extinguish the fire."

Crews hosed down the scene to prevent the fire starting again.

Police urged residents in surrounding areas to keep their windows and doors closed due to the smoke.

SDLP East Londonderry MLA Cara Hunter described the blaze as "devastating".

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Ms Hunter said: “The images of a large fire at an industrial premises on Rodden Foot in Ballymoney are deeply distressing.”

She added: “I would encourage people to avoid the area and allow the emergency services time and space to do their work.

"I would urge anyone with information relating to this incident to contact the police.”


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