Firefighters are getting to grips with a huge blaze which broke out last night at the Bombardier factory, one of Northern Ireland`s largest employers.
At about 20:45 BST yesterday, the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) received a call reporting the blaze on Airport Road in the east of the city. The extent of the damage is still obscure, but no injuries were reported.
The Canadian company, Bombardier manufactures trains and aeroplanes. It is mainly based in Montreal, but it has a production plant in Belfast`s Harbour Estate. It is believed that the fire was connected to machinery inside the plant.
The NIFRS stated that six pumping appliances, one aerial appliance, and a high-volume pump are being used to contain the fire.
Fire Service Area Commander Dermott Rooney described the blaze as “a significant incident”. He also mentioned that it was “well alight” when firefighters arrived at the scene.
“Obviously, we are trying to get the fire under control. It’s very early stages, we would ask members of the public to stay away from the area so they don’t hamper our efforts. We’ve no indication of any particular risk to the local people, but they would be well advised to keep their windows and doors closed,” he said.
The company also said that the plant plays “a pivotal role in all Bombardier`s families of commercial and business aircraft.” It affirms that it is one of the largest manufacturing companies in North Ireland, accounting for 10 per cent of the country`s total manufacturing exports.
There were no employees working in the factory when the blaze started and it is not yet known what prompted the fire.