Northern Ireland

East Belfast fire 'deliberate', say police

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Media captionFirefighters tackle blaze in east Belfast

A fire at a derelict building in east Belfast is being treated as arson.

It took 19 firefighters, using four fire engines and one aerial ladder platform, about eight hours to extinguish the blaze.

The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) said it received a call to the junction between the Circular Road and the Holywood Road at 20:49 BST on Tuesday.

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Image caption The fire almost completely destroyed the derelict building

The fire almost completely destroyed the building.

Police are appealing for information following the fire, which they said was deliberate.

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Image caption The building was almost completely destroyed in the fire

Sgt Anne McCourt said anyone with any information should contact the police at Strandtown PSNI Station.

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Image caption The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service received a call to Circular Road shortly before 21:00 BST