The fire service investigation into the devastating fire at Belfast city centre's Primark store has been completed, it has been confirmed.
In a statement released on Thursday, Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) confirmed that the joint investigation with the Health & Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) determined the cause of the fire at Banks Buildings on August 28 last year was "accidental".
“The HSENI has received our Fire Investigation Report. As this forms part of their wider investigation it is not appropriate for NIFRS to be more specific about the actual cause of the accidental fire while this investigation is ongoing," a NIFRS spokesman said.
“Given the extensive damage caused by the fire, the fire investigation process was complex, detailed and protracted.
"We would like to thank our Fire Investigation Team in Eastern Area Command for their diligence and tireless work in this investigation.
"We would also like to thank our partner agencies for their co-operation and assistance.”