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Residents out in the cold after fire at Divis flats

Dozens of Belfast residents were dumped out in the cold last night after a fire at a block of flats.

The blaze broke out on the fourth floor of the building on the Falls Road in the west of the city at about 6pm yesterday.

Around 30 firefighters in six appliances from Belfast and Lisburn were called to the scene and the entire building had to be evacuated. There was an alarm system which was working and there were no reports of any injuries.

An investigation into the cause of the fire was due to get under way today with a full examination of the scene.

Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service assistant group commander Alan Hamill declined to comment on whether the fire was started maliciously. The officer praised the efforts of his colleagues in containing the blaze.

“The crews did an excellent job under difficult conditions to extinguish the blaze and contain it, preventing it spreading to other flats,” he said.

“Thankfully there were no injuries to the public or fire crews.”

Belfast Telegraph