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Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service said by the time the first crew arrived the blaze was well developed

Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service said by the time the first crew arrived the blaze was well developed

Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service said by the time the first crew arrived the blaze was well developed

Firefighters are at the scene of a major blaze in Ballymena.

The fire, at a furniture store in Broughshane Street, was reported to Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service shortly after 5pm.

A total of 58 firefighters have been tackling the blaze.

The fire service said the blaze was well developed when the first crew arrived at the scene.

Crews from several surrounding stations were called to assist.

A spokesman for the fire service said the "extensive firefighting operation" included eight fire appliances, two high reach aerial appliances and a specialist command support unit, with 58 firefighters.

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