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Seven fire engines battled Indian restaurant blaze in Northern Ireland

The fire at Riverside Regional Centre in Coleraine. Credit: Kevin McAuley
The fire at Riverside Regional Centre in Coleraine. Credit: Kevin McAuley
The fire at Riverside Regional Centre in Coleraine. Credit: Kevin McAuley

The fire service is investigating the cause of a blaze that destroyed an Indian restaurant in Coleraine.

The fire happened at the Indus Valley Restaurant at the Riverside Regional Centre in the town on Sunday night.

A total of seven fire engines and 35 firefighters from Coleraine, Portstewart, Portrush and Londonderry worked to tackle the blaze, which broke out shortly after 10pm.

It is understood this is the third time in recent years a fire has broke out in the immediate area.

A Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: “Firefighters dealt with a fire in Indus Valley Restaurant and worked hard to prevent the fire from spreading to adjacent buildings and businesses.

“The incident was dealt with at 00.46am (25 March 2019) and the cause of the fire remains under investigation.”

Maurice Bradley, DUP MLA for the area, said it was "tragic" to see a business destroyed.

“Thankfully no one was hurt in the fire, but there has been a drastic loss of business to the restaurants and fast food outlets in the area, not to mention the destruction of Indus Valley, I believe, the third time a fire has occurred here," he said.

"Members of the NIFRS were quickly on the scene, and with the first of gas tanks at the rear of premises catching fire members of the PSNI formed a cordon around the area, diverting traffic away from the danger scene.

"It was tragic to see a business go up in smoke, but the rapid response from the emergency services saw they fire quickly brought under control and normality restored around midnight."

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