Updated 29 minutes ago
There are currently over 50 firefighters battling a major fire that broke out in Belfast Harbor earlier this afternoon.
The same fire broke out at the Belfast Harbor Estate in Belfast around Westbank Road and the Darjan Road area of the scrap metal recycling centre.
According to Aidan Jennings of the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS), the fire is well developed and there are more than 50 firefighters and six additional services and specialists deployed.
Large sized pumps have also been deployed to help control the fire, along with two firefighting locomotives.
Firefighters at the scene prevented the fire from spreading to buildings and equipment at the nearby site and an adjacent site.
«This will be a protracted incident and firefighting operations are expected to continue over the next few days,» Jennings said.
East Belfast Police have advised motorists to avoid the area and those who live near it to keep their windows closed.
Police are currently attending as the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service deals with a wasteland fire in the Queens Road area of Belfast Harbor Estate.
Motorists are advised to avoid the area and anyone living nearby is advised to keep their windows closed.
East Belfast Police (PSNIBelfastE) December 28, 2021
Photos and videos from people in the area show a large billow of smoke rising from the site.
According to the local Q Radio news agency, four fire engines were at the site around 1 p.m. today.
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Firefighters deal with a fire in Belfast Harbor Estate.
Four fire engines have been at the scene of the fire on East Twin Road since shortly after 1 p.m. today. pic.twitter.com/o48wzBaOst
– Q Radio News (@qnewsdesk) December 28, 2021
According to Traffic Watch Northern Ireland, the motorway was not affected by the fire.
– Trafficwatch NI (TrafficwatchNI) December 28, 2021
Updated by Tadgh McNally
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