Underground explosion closes part of Belfast city centre

NIFRS vehicle

NIFRS vehicle

An area of Belfast city centre has been closed off while firefighters deal with an electrical fire which followed an underground explosion.

A 30-metre cordon has been put in place around Castle Junction and members of the public have been advised to avoid the area.

A spokesman for NI Fire and Rescue said: “NIFRS are attending an incident in Belfast city centre. The call was received at 15:45hrs today and we have committed 24 fire firefighters on site to deal with the incident.

“This is a confirmed fire in underground electrical apparatus. NIFRS have established a 30 metre cordon for public safety which has closed Castle Junction. Two premises have also been evacuated due to smoke travel.”

The spokesman added: “NIFRS is working closely with Northern Ireland Electricity Service in order to bring the incident to a safe conclusion. I would encourage members of the public to avoid the area at this time to minimise traffic congestion.”