Northern Ireland

Newry bank fire is listed building

A listed 19th century bank building in Newry has been damaged by fire.

The fire broke out at the Bank of Ireland branch in Trevor Hill on Saturday evening. The fire service do not believe it was started maliciously.

The bank is in a Grade B1 listed building. Built as a bank in 1826, it was the first branch of the Bank of Ireland to be established in Ulster.

SDLP MLA Dominic Bradley said most of the damage to the building was internal and the facade had been saved.

The Trevor Hill bank is also the oldest surviving commercial building in Newry still serving its original function.