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Firefighters deal with the blaze just yards from polling station

Firefighters deal with the blaze just yards from polling station

Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

Firefighters deal with the blaze just yards from polling station

Voters arriving at a west Belfast polling station yesterday evening were confronted with a car on fire.

As they went to the polls, voters witnessed the small Renault Clio go up in flames.

The incident on Bell Steel Road in Poleglass, close to St Keiran's Primary School, which was being used as a polling station, was reported to the Fire and Rescue Service at around 8pm.

Members of the public reported seeing the car being driven erratically in the area before it was seemingly set ablaze.

Police officers were on the scene shortly followed by the Fire Service who dealt with the blaze, believed to have started in the rear of the car.

After 20 minutes of drama voters soon returned to the polls to submit their ballots as the deadline for loomed.

The Fire and Rescue Service said there were no injuries reported.

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It is believed that the car may have been stolen.


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