Falling debris fear after fire

GUTTED!. . . .The Poundstretcher premises on Bishop Street yesterday, after an overnight fire gutted the three storey premises. DER2815MC058
GUTTED!. . . .The Poundstretcher premises on Bishop Street yesterday, after an overnight fire gutted the three storey premises. DER2815MC058

Part of Bishop Street remains sealed off this evening due to the danger of falling debris following the Poundstretcher fire.

The operation at the gutted city centre store was still going on more than 16 hours since Fire Officers were first tasked to the scene in the early hours of Thursday morning.

Traffic NI have advised motorists this evening: “Bishop Street in Derry City remains closed near the Poundstretcher store due to a fire.

“The lower end of Bishop Street is closed to pedestrians due to danger of falling debris.

“Local diversions are in place. The Diamond is open for traffic.”

A Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) spokesperson confirmed this evening:

“A total of eight Fire Appliances from Northland, Crescent Link, Strabane, Limavady and Dungiven Fire Stations were deployed to a well-developed fire at the premises”.

He added: “Around 100 small camping gas cylinders were reported to be inside the premises as around 50 Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus dealt with the fire.

“A Command Support Unit and an Aerial Appliance were also involved in the incident. No one is believed to have been inside the property.

“The number of fire appliances at the scene has reduced, but the incident is ongoing and the cause of the fire is still under investigation.”