Firefighters tackle Poundstretcher store blaze in Derry City Centre

Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia

Firefighters are tackling a major fire at a business in Derry City Centre.

Around 50 firefighters are in attendance at the blaze at the Poundstretcher store in Bishop Street in the city. The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) say they were alerted to the fire at around 1.30am this morning.

Northern Ireland- 16th July 2015- Fire Service at the scene of a major fire on Bishop Street in Londonderry City Centre, The Poundstretcher was well alight with over 40 Firefighters battling the blaze, NIFRS took the call at 1.40am and continue to fight the fire into the early hours of the morning, at this stage there is no indication of the cause of the blaze. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia

Northern Ireland- 16th July 2015- Fire Service at the scene of a major fire on Bishop Street in Londonderry City Centre, The Poundstretcher was well alight with over 40 Firefighters battling the blaze, NIFRS took the call at 1.40am and continue to fight the fire into the early hours of the morning, at this stage there is no indication of the cause of the blaze. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia

It is believed that 100 gas canisters were inside the premises and exploded although there are no reports of any injuries.

The NIFRS said their officers had prevented the blaze from spreading to businesses on either side of the scene of the fire. As yet, the cause of the fire is unknown but substantial damage has been caused to the building.

NIFRS Group Commander Colm McGuigan said that the fire looked harmless at first and one fire crew had attended.

“But, a fully developed fire was going on behind the shutters of the shop. There were eight crews at the scene at one time then three other crews arrived. This is a four-storey building and our main focus was to make sure this fire didn’t spread. We don’t know exactly how it happened,” he said.

Northern Ireland- 16th July 2015- Fire Service at the scene of a major fire on Bishop Street in Londonderry City Centre, The Poundstretcher was well alight with over 40 Firefighters battling the blaze, NIFRS took the call at 1.40am and continue to fight the fire into the early hours of the morning, at this stage there is no indication of the cause of the blaze. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia

Northern Ireland- 16th July 2015- Fire Service at the scene of a major fire on Bishop Street in Londonderry City Centre, The Poundstretcher was well alight with over 40 Firefighters battling the blaze, NIFRS took the call at 1.40am and continue to fight the fire into the early hours of the morning, at this stage there is no indication of the cause of the blaze. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia

An investigation is due to get underway.

Northern Ireland- 16th July 2015- Fire Service at the scene of a major fire on Bishop Street in Londonderry City Centre, The Poundstretcher was well alight with over 40 Firefighters battling the blaze, NIFRS took the call at 1.40am and continue to fight the fire into the early hours of the morning, at this stage there is no indication of the cause of the blaze. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia

Northern Ireland- 16th July 2015- Fire Service at the scene of a major fire on Bishop Street in Londonderry City Centre, The Poundstretcher was well alight with over 40 Firefighters battling the blaze, NIFRS took the call at 1.40am and continue to fight the fire into the early hours of the morning, at this stage there is no indication of the cause of the blaze. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia

Northern Ireland- 16th July 2015- Fire Service at the scene of a major fire on Bishop Street in Londonderry City Centre, The Poundstretcher was well alight with over 40 Firefighters battling the blaze, NIFRS took the call at 1.40am and continue to fight the fire into the early hours of the morning, at this stage there is no indication of the cause of the blaze. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia

Northern Ireland- 16th July 2015- Fire Service at the scene of a major fire on Bishop Street in Londonderry City Centre, The Poundstretcher was well alight with over 40 Firefighters battling the blaze, NIFRS took the call at 1.40am and continue to fight the fire into the early hours of the morning, at this stage there is no indication of the cause of the blaze. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia

Northern Ireland- 16th July 2015- Fire Service at the scene of a major fire on Bishop Street in Londonderry City Centre, The Poundstretcher was well alight with over 40 Firefighters battling the blaze, NIFRS took the call at 1.40am and continue to fight the fire into the early hours of the morning, at this stage there is no indication of the cause of the blaze. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia

Northern Ireland- 16th July 2015- Fire Service at the scene of a major fire on Bishop Street in Londonderry City Centre, The Poundstretcher was well alight with over 40 Firefighters battling the blaze, NIFRS took the call at 1.40am and continue to fight the fire into the early hours of the morning, at this stage there is no indication of the cause of the blaze. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia

Northern Ireland- 16th July 2015- Fire Service at the scene of a major fire on Bishop Street in Londonderry City Centre, The Poundstretcher was well alight with over 40 Firefighters battling the blaze, NIFRS took the call at 1.40am and continue to fight the fire into the early hours of the morning, at this stage there is no indication of the cause of the blaze. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia

Northern Ireland- 16th July 2015- Fire Service at the scene of a major fire on Bishop Street in Londonderry City Centre, The Poundstretcher was well alight with over 40 Firefighters battling the blaze, NIFRS took the call at 1.40am and continue to fight the fire into the early hours of the morning, at this stage there is no indication of the cause of the blaze. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia