Blaze extinguished in Belfast city centre office

The scene at Telephone House on May Street where an early morning fire caused internal damage to the BT building.
The scene at Telephone House on May Street where an early morning fire caused internal damage to the BT building.
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Fire crews have extinguished an early morning blaze in Belfast city centre.

The fire at the May Street building - the fourth floor of Telephone House - broke out before 6am today (June 24).

Group Commander for Belfast, Edward Carroll, said 35 firefighters dealt with the blaze at its height “given it was in the centre of Belfast in close proximity to other buildings”.

He said six fire appliances and an aerial appliance were committed to the blaze where “eight fire fighters wearing breathing apparatus were tasked to find the fire and extinguish it”.

“We are still investigating the cause of the fire but at this stage we believe the cause to be accidental,” he said.

Earlier a PSNI spokesman said officers had closed May Street, Seymour Street and Gloucester Street in Belfast city centre.

However around 9am May Street, Seymour Street and Gloucester Street were re-opened to traffic.