Pictures: Fire fighters battle blaze at property in New Lodge
Fire fighters have put out a blaze at a property in the New Lodge area of north Belfast.
Shortly after 6.30pm this evening three fire engines were called to the scene on Stratheden Street.
Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph, station commander for Belfast's North and West District Brian Hetherington explained: "The fire was in a first floor bedroom, so it was a large fire within one room. The property is unoccupied as it is currently being redeveloped, so it was empty and mostly boarded up at the front."
While some members of the crew extinguished the fire, others alerted neighbours and evacuated them from their homes to avoid potentially harmful smoke inhalation.
The fire was extinguished within around 15 to 20 minutes, and the crew then performed checks to ensure that there was not chance that it would reignite.
Hetherington said that the damage to the property had been substantial and that it was too early to determine the cause of the fire.
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