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Crystal factory blaze in Belfast treated as suspicious by police

More than 40 firefighters tackled the blaze, which broke out on Saturday night.

A major fire at a crystal factory in Belfast is being treated as suspicious, police said.

More than 40 firefighters tackled the blaze, which broke out on Saturday night at an industrial estate in the west of the city.

Belfast Crystal, a business of 40 years standing run by three generations of one family, was badly damaged, with part of the roof destroyed and the owners left devastated, a public representative said.

Fire crews tackle the fire (Niall Carson/PA)

A statement from the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) said: “The premises have sustained substantial damage as a result of this fire, which is being treated as suspicious at this time.”

The Belfast Crystal factory is on Blackstaff Road in the Kennedy Way industrial estate.

Fire appliances, a high reach aerial machine and a command unit attended and the firefighting operation was “extensive”, a statement from the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) said.

Fire crews arrived at about 6pm and were confronted by a well-developed fire in the property. Gas cylinders were on the premises.

Buildings including Kennedy Way shopping centre were evacuated. Officers appealed for anyone with information to contact them.

Sinn Fein assembly member Alex Maskey tweeted: “Sadly local business Belfast Crystal of 40 years loyal service to our community destroyed by fire. Family devastated.”


From Belfast Telegraph