30.5.17 Major fire breaks out at Ballymena furniture shop


A "significant" fire has occurred at a furniture shop in Ballymena, County Antrim and spread to adjoining shops.  It has affected five units on Broughshane Street.

One fire fighter has been slightly injured while tackling the blaze which began at 17:00 at the Woodgreen furniture store.

Police have said that Brougshane Street will stay closed overnight.  Traffic was diverted at Chapel Roundabout.  Motorists were being asked to avoid the Broughshane Street, William Street and Broadway Avenue areas of the town.

Several shoppers walked past the shop just as the fire was taking hold, unaware of the flames above them. 

Group Commander Brian Stanfield said there were five fire engines and two aerial appliances at the scene.

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Registered Office:  Southwold House, 66 Botley Road, Park Gate, Southampton, United Kingdom

Company number: 07810000