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Praise for firefighters as feed store is devastated by inferno

Firefighters dealing with the blaze at industrial premises on the Duncrue industrial estate
Firefighters dealing with the blaze at industrial premises on the Duncrue industrial estate
Gareth Cross

By Gareth Cross

Firefighters have been praised for their efforts in tackling a major blaze which devastated an animal feed store on the outskirts of Belfast.

The fire took hold at the distribution centre of agri-technology company Devenish at the M2 Business Park around 11pm on Thursday.

A company spokesperson said: "Thankfully, no employees were inside the building during this time and the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service were called to the scene quickly. We would like to thank the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service for their incredible effort to tackle this fire throughout the night. We are now working closely with them and PSNI to establish the cause of this incident and next steps."

At its height, 64 firefighters were at the scene.

Fire Service group commander William Johnson said: "There will be a full investigation once the fire is extinguished, but it's not believed the fire was started on purpose.

"The fire was contained last night and we're now focusing on the building itself after making sure the fire didn't spread to other buildings in the area."

He described the blaze as "a huge operation" but said there were no injuries.

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