McGimpsey praises work of firefighters to control blaze

Michael McGimpsey MLA has praised the work of firefighters tackling the blaze in Boucher Road, Belfast.

Seventeen appliances were called to the scene and some 85 firefighters struggled for hours to bring the fire under control at Boucher Road Retail Park.

The South Belfast Assembly Member said: “This is a major blaze at a very popular shopping complex and the firefighters have been working very hard on the ground overnight to bring it under control.

“I commend them for the fearless way over many hours they have contained the fire and prevented further damage to adjoining premises. Thankfully at this stage there have been no reported injuries.”

“I am concerned for those who are employed in the shops, particularly in the run up to Christmas which is traditionally the busiest time of year for these retailers. As a local representative I will do everything in my power to work with employers at this difficult time.”

“The Fire Service and PSNI will carry out a full investigation in due course to find the cause of the fire.”

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