Watch: Video captures fire crews battling blaze at Belfast Ormeau Road builder's yard
A massive blaze destroyed a historic Victorian building on the lower Ormeau Road in Belfast last night.
Firefighters tackled the blaze at the former H&J Martin builder's yard, close to Belfast's densely-packed student residential area.
The enormous pall of smoke that marked the site of the conflagration could be seen from all over the city.
Crowds of onlookers packed the nearby streets to watch as emergency services, who were quickly on the scene, battled the blaze at the Victorian building.
A spokesman for the The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service said it had sent a rapid response paramedic and an ambulance to the scene as a precaution but, when it was ascertained there was no one in the building, they were stood down.
The cause of the fire is not yet known.
The road was closed and police officers moved sightseers away from the danger zone around the blaze.
The PSNI tweeted last night: "Due to an ongoing incident, the Ormeau Road, Belfast, is currently closed between University Avenue and Agincourt Avenue. Allow extra time for your journey."
The building yard has been closed for a number of years. It used to belong to the H&J Martin firm which was taken over by Lagan Construction in 2015.