Firefighters at the scene of blaze in Belfast's Cathedral Quarter
Firefighters are at the scene of a blaze in central Belfast.
The fire is underway at a building on Donegall Street in the city's Cathedral Quarter.
In a statement on Friday evening, a spokesperson for Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) said it was called to a derelict building in Donegall Street shortly before 5.30pm.
"Currently we have eight appliances and an aerial appliance in attendance. The incident is still ongoing at present. There is no risk to the public and we are continuing to investigate at the scene."
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Donegall Street has been closed to traffic due to the fire.
The PSNI has advised motorists to avoid the Donegall Street/ Waring Street and North Street areas of Belfast due to the fire.
Motorists travelling on the M3 have been advised to exercise "extreme caution" due to thick smoke.
It is understood that no one has been hurt in the fire.
Belfast Telegraph Digital