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Video: Major blaze in the centre of Ballymena

A number of businesses were destroyed on Tuesday after a massive fire tore through one of Ballymena's busiest shopping streets.

The blaze started in the Woodgreen furniture store on Broughshane Street at around 5pm and quickly spread along the terrace of shops.

One firefighter received minor injuries and five retail units were affected, including Rainey and Gregg estate agents, Open and Direct insurance, McAtamney solicitors and the Double Happiness Chinese takeaway.

During the blaze the roof of at least one property completely collapsed.

The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service said crews were called to the scene at 5.08pm, by which time the flames were already well developed.


Eight fire appliances, two high-reach aerial appliances and 58 firefighters from surrounding stations were deployed.

Courtesy of @higmufc

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