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Firefighting operation at Bombardier being ‘scaled back’

Crews were alerted to the blaze at around 8.45pm on Sunday. No injuries have been reported.

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MANDATORY CREDIT REQIURED Handout photo courtesy of Joel Neill of a fire at the Bombardier Aerospace plant in Belfast. Airport Road in the east of the city was sealed off at two ends by police as firefighters tackled the blaze.

MANDATORY CREDIT REQIURED Handout photo courtesy of Joel Neill of a fire at the Bombardier Aerospace plant in Belfast. Airport Road in the east of the city was sealed off at two ends by police as firefighters tackled the blaze.

MANDATORY CREDIT REQIURED Handout photo courtesy of Joel Neill of a fire at the Bombardier Aerospace plant in Belfast. Airport Road in the east of the city was sealed off at two ends by police as firefighters tackled the blaze.

Firefighters are “scaling back” their operation at a Bombardier Aerospace plant in Belfast.

The Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) said the blaze “appears to have started in machinery” however the cause is under investigation.

Airport Road was cordoned off earlier on Sunday evening as firefighters rushed to the scene.

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The NIFRS said the incident involved a factory unit and they received the first call about the incident at 8.45pm.

At one stage there were six pumping appliances, one aerial appliance, a high volume pump with a total of 50 firefighters and supervisory officers engaged in firefighting operations to contain the fire.

The NIFRS provided an update at around 11pm to say the incident was “under control”.

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Members of the NIFRS Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service attend at fire this evening at Bombardier Aerospace in Belfast’s Harbour estate. (Liam McBurney/PA)

Members of the NIFRS Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service attend at fire this evening at Bombardier Aerospace in Belfast’s Harbour estate. (Liam McBurney/PA)

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Members of the NIFRS Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service attend at fire this evening at Bombardier Aerospace in Belfast’s Harbour estate. (Liam McBurney/PA)

“Operations are being scaled back with a small number of resources remaining at the scene to damp down,” a spokesman said.

“The fire appears to have started in machinery and the cause of the incident is under investigation.

“At this stage the cause is believed to be accidental.

“There were no injuries at the incident.”

East Belfast MP Gavin Robinson described the blaze as “worrying”.

“Worrying news coming from Bombardier, Airport Road of a large scale fire in the factory,” he said.

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Firefighters are attending a blaze on Airport Road in east Belfast (Rebecca Black/PA)

Firefighters are attending a blaze on Airport Road in east Belfast (Rebecca Black/PA)

Firefighters are attending a blaze on Airport Road in east Belfast (Rebecca Black/PA)

“Praying that there have been no injuries.

“Emergency services appear to have it under control.

“The following hours will tell us of the scale of damage on site.”

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