Belfast Telegraph

Fire service confirms Primark blaze started accidentally

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.” 

A HSENI spokesperson said: “HSENI has received the NIFRS investigation report and this will be considered as part of ongoing enquiries. HSENI is unable to comment any further at this time.”

Aerial views showing the aftermath of the fire in the Bank Buildings - Primark Belfast - August 29th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott)
Aerial views showing the aftermath of the fire in the Bank Buildings - Primark Belfast - August 29th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott)
Aerial views showing the aftermath of the fire in the Bank Buildings - Primark Belfast - August 29th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott)
Aerial views showing the aftermath of the fire in the Bank Buildings - Primark Belfast - August 29th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott)
Aerial views showing the aftermath of the fire in the Bank Buildings - Primark Belfast - August 29th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott)
Aerial views showing the aftermath of the fire in the Bank Buildings - Primark Belfast - August 29th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott)
Aerial views showing the aftermath of the fire in the Bank Buildings - Primark Belfast - August 29th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott)
Aerial views showing the aftermath of the fire in the Bank Buildings - Primark Belfast - August 29th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott)
Aerial views showing the aftermath of the fire in the Bank Buildings - Primark Belfast - August 29th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott)
Aerial views showing the aftermath of the fire in the Bank Buildings - Primark Belfast - August 29th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott)
Aerial views showing the aftermath of the fire in the Bank Buildings - Primark Belfast - August 29th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott)
Aerial view over Bank Buildings following Tuesdays fire. Photo by Gregory Weeks.
Photo by Gregory Weeks. Aerial view over Bank Buildings following Tuesdays fire..
Photo by Gregory Weeks. Aerial view over Bank Buildings following Tuesdays fire..
Aerial view over Bank Buildings following Tuesdays fire. Photo by Gregory Weeks.
Photo by Gregory Weeks. Aerial view over Bank Buildings following Tuesdays fire..
Photo by Gregory Weeks. Aerial view over Bank Buildings following Tuesdays fire..
Photo by Gregory Weeks. Aerial view over Bank Buildings following Tuesdays fire..
Photo by Gregory Weeks. Aerial view over Bank Buildings following Tuesdays fire..

The NIFRS report will not be made public while the HSENI investigation is ongoing.

The statement confirms the reporting of the Belfast Telegraph, after a well-placed source told this newspaper the blaze was not suspicious nor started deliberately.

The PSNI confirmed on Wednesday that there was no police investigation into the matter.

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