Belfast Telegraph

Palace Barracks vehicle fire reports investigated by police in Holywood

Police are investigating the cause of a vehicle fire at an army base in Northern Ireland.

It is understood a van was involved in the incident at Palace Barracks in Holywood, Co Down.

There are no reports of any injuries.

A PSNI spokeswoman said: " Police are aware of a report of a fire in a vehicle at Palace Barracks in Holywood.

"There are no reports of any injuries. The cause of the fire is currently being investigated.

"There are no further details at this time."

Democratic Unionist MLA Alex Easton has expressed concern.

He said: " I am concerned after receiving reports that a van has been on fire at Palace Barracks and that there appears to be an on-going incident.

"Having spoken to the PSNI this has been confirmed. Palace Barracks is the home of 1 Scots Regiment and I would have concerns that a van has gone on fire within Palace Barracks and the safety of personnel.

"I am pleased to hear that there have been no injuries with the incident and I understand the issue is currently under investigation."

Scottish soldiers moved from Dreghorn Barracks in Edinburgh to Palace Barracks in August 2014.

A spokesman for the Ministry of Defence confirmed there had been a vehicle fire within the military base.

"The cause of the fire is being investigated," he said.

A Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service spokesman said it received a call at 10:29 am to report a fire at a vehicle at Palace Barracks. Three fire appliances were deployed.

He said: "Firefighters dealt with a fire at a vehicle parked in the area, which spread to two other cars and three garages nearby.

"Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service finished at the scene at 12:04 pm and the cause of the fire is still under investigation."


From Belfast Telegraph