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Newtownabbey homes extensively damaged after oil tank blaze


Scene of the fire in Ballyduff.

Scene of the fire in Ballyduff.

Scene of the fire in Ballyduff.

Four homes were extensively damaged in a fire in Newtownabbey.

The Fire Service said it was alerted to the incident just before 6pm on Saturday at Ballyduff Gardens.

It happened after an oil tank caught fire.

Emergency services were sent to the scene.

Ambulance crews were stood down just after 8pm.

"Thankfully, there were no causalities," said a spokesperson for the ambulance service.

A Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) Spokesperson added: "NIFRS received a call to a fire in multiple properties in Ballyduff Gardens at 17:43hrs on Saturday evening. Firefighters from Glengormley and Belfast wearing breathing apparatus used five firefighting jets to stop the spread of the fire to any other properties.

"A total of four domestic properties were involved in the complex incident and NIFRS personnel were also involved in containing 2000litres of domestic oil to limit impact of environmental damage.

"NIFRS had seven pumping appliances, an aerial appliance, a command support vehicle, welfare vehicle and 50 personnel at the incident.

"Thankfully on this occasion the swift response from firefighters has prevented any serious injury, loss of life or further fire spread to adjacent properties."

Belfast Telegraph