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Breaking: Huge blaze breaks out at Belfast Bombardier factory

written by Adam Thorn | May 25, 2020

Fifty firefighters are currently tackling a huge blaze that broke out at Bombardier’s Belfast docklands factory on Sunday night.

The planemaker confirmed no workers have been injured but it is still unknown how the fire started.

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Local fire service area commander Dermott Rooney called the incident “very significant” and said his crew would be on the scene for some time.

“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,” he said.

“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.”

While little is known about the incident so far, dramatic images were capture by Twitter @joelneill, posted here.

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Last year, Bombardier’s Northern Ireland operation was sold to Kansas-based Spirit AeroSystems for nearly $1 billion.

The business employs around 3,600 people and its roles include producing wings for Bombardier’s A220 planes.

 

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