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Belfast Crystal factory fire 'suspicious' - family devastated as 40 years service destroyed

Police are appealing for information following a huge fire at the Belfast Crystal factory on Saturday, June 1.

More than 40 firefighters attended the scene of the blaze on the Blackstaff Road in the west of the city. The premises have sustained substantial damage. Police have confirmed that the fire is being treated as suspicious at this time.

Gas cylinders were on the premises. Buildings including Kennedy Way shopping centre were evacuated.

Sergeant Tom Donnelly appealed to anyone who may have noticed any suspicious activity in the area to contact police at Woodbourne on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference 1048 01/07/17.

Sinn Fein assembly member Alex Maskey tweeted: "Sadly local business Belfast Crystal of 40 years loyal service to our community destroyed by fire. Family devastated."

The Northern Ireland Fire service said the fire started at around 6pm. Fire appliances, a high reach aerial machine and a command unit were in attendance.

“On arrival at the incident, initial crews were confronted by a well-developed fire in the property,” the fire service said.

“There are currently seven fire appliances, one high reach aerial appliance and a specialist command support unit, with a total of 41 firefighters on the fire ground and extensive firefighting operations are ongoing."

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More than 40 firefighters attend a "significant" fire at The Belfast Crystal Factory in west Belfast on Saturday evening. Seven fire appliances, including an aerial unit, attended the blaze at the factory off the Kennedy Way. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

Earlier the Kennedy Centre, which is close to the site, was evacuated as flames and heavy smoke engulfed the area.

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