Belfast Telegraph

Poundstretcher store destroyed by blaze

A Poundstretcher store in Londonderry has been destroyed by a major fire.

The blaze in the Bishop Street premises was exacerbated by the explosion of around 100 camping gas cylinders which were among products engulfed in the flames.

The fire was reported around 1.30am and firefighters have been at the scene throughout the day.

It has been brought under control, though fire crews remained at the property late into the afternoon to ensure it was completely extinguished.

Around 15 people worked at the store but it was not occupied at the time of the fire.

A Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said:

"A total of eight fire appliances from Northland, Crescent Link, Strabane, Limavady and Dungiven Fire Stations were deployed to a well-developed fire at the premises.

"Around 100 small camping gas cylinders were reported to be inside the premises as around 50 firefighters wearing breathing apparatus dealt with the fire."

The spokesman said the cause of the fire was still under investigation.

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