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Watch: Firefighters tackle blaze at west Belfast apartment block

Firefighters were rushed to the scene of a blaze in west Belfast on Tuesday.

The fire broke out in the underground car park of Esther Patterson Court, just off the Shankill road, at around 1.44pm.

Residents were evacuated from the building and there are no reports of any injuries.

Four fire appliances and an aerial platform were dispatched to the scene.

A Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said crews dealt with a car on fire in the car park, caused by an "accidental ignition".

Footage from the scene shows clouds of black smoke billowing out of the windows of the building as firefighters work to bring the fire under control.

The blaze was dealt with by 2.45pm.

Kris Kro, who works at Colour House Tattoo & Piercing, which is directly opposite the flats, said he was first alerted to the fire when he heard a loud bang.

"After chatting to numerous witnesses and a fireman that was on scene, I discovered that it was a car on fire, inside the private car park which is directly below the residential block, housing many elderly people," he said.

"We can't thank the fire service enough, they responded very quickly, and wasted no time in dealing with what could have been a very serious and even fatal incident.

"Thankfully, no one has been reported injured and it was well contained, preventing it spreading to the residents homes above, and even beyond. I do hope it was just an unfortunate accident which can be resolved with some paint brushes."

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