BREAKING NEWS - Mandarin Palace fire ‘non suspicious’

The fire which destroyed the Mandarin Karma restaurant on the Strand Road in March has been described as “non-suspicious”, the ‘Journal’ has learned.

The fire destroyed the Mandarin Karma restaurant and forced the closure of the adjoining Mandarin Palace restaurant and Mandarin Palace take away service. The ‘Journal’ understands approximately 60 people lost their jobs as a result of the fire.

The scene of the fire at the Mandarin Karma building in March.

The scene of the fire at the Mandarin Karma building in March.

Speaking to the ‘Journal’ this morning, a spokesperson for the PSNI, who led the investigation into the cause of the fire, confirmed the fire was “non-suspicious”.

“Following an investigation, the fire that destroyed the Mandarin Palace restaurant has been deemed non-suspicious,” said the PSNI spokesperson.

The fire also forced a local hair salon to close and relocate Waterloo Place and at its height it took 130 fire-fighters from all over the North to extinguish the blaze.

Earlier this week, Mandarin Palace owner, Stan Lee, told the ‘Journal’ that he planned to reopen his take away service very soon.

The Command Support Unit arrives on the scene of the fire at the Mandarin Palace Chinese Restaurant. DER1015MC072 (Photo: Jim McCafferty)

The Command Support Unit arrives on the scene of the fire at the Mandarin Palace Chinese Restaurant. DER1015MC072 (Photo: Jim McCafferty)

“The tumbling of the Karma building begins a new chapter in the life of Mandarin Palace,” Mr. Lee told the ‘Journal’.

“The Mandarin take away and delivery service will open soon, relocating around the corner at lower Clarendon Street next to Danano’s restaurant. We wish to welcome back our old and new take away and delivery customers.

“The Opening of the take away will bring back much needed employment to the city and for some of my employees,” added Mr. Lee.

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