Cause of fire at bar in Lurgan, County Armagh, investigated

Mobile phone footage shows the flames coming out of the roof of the building.

A bar in Lurgan, County Armagh, has been destroyed in a fire.

The fire, at the Manhattan bar in Church Place in the town, was reported at about 05:20 BST on Sunday. It was put out by the fire service.

Footage of the blaze on social media showed flames coming out of the roof of the building.

Police have said the cause of the fire is under investigation and enquiries are continuing. They have appealed for information.

Fire Service Group Commander Edward Carroll said it was a very difficult fire to bring under control.

"The premises were substantially damaged in the fire," he said.

"At one point early on in the incident, we were made aware that there may have some people still in the premises, which added to our difficulties.

"We carried out a full search of the premises and there was no-one inside."

Market Street, from the junction of Carnegie Street, as well as a filter lane at the front of the Church of Christ the Redeemer, are closed to motorists.

There is restricted pedestrian access along Market street beside the bar.

Restrictions will be in place at least until Monday due to safety concerns.

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