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Castle Place blaze: Belfast city centre fire in underground electrical apparatus causes rush hour disruption

Emergency services were called to reports of a blaze in Castle Place in Belfast city centre on Thursday afternoon.

Castle Place was closed and diversions put in place as twenty-four firefighters attended. Two premises were evacuated.

Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) said the fire was in an underground electrical apparatus and a 30 metre cordon was put in place.

A NIFRS spokesperson said: "NIFRS are attending an incident in Belfast City Centre. The call was received 15.45 today and we have committed 24 fire firefighters on site to deal with the incident.

"This is a confirmed fire in underground electrical apparatus. NIFRS have established a 30 metre cordon for public safety which has closed Castle Junction. Two premises have also been evacuated due to smoke travel.

"NIFRS is working closely with Northern Ireland Electricity Service in order to bring the incident to a safe conclusion. I would encourage members of the public to avoid the area at this time to minimise traffic congestion.”

The incident is now over and roads open to traffic.

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