SDLP MLA reacts to blaze at Derry business

Thick black smoke drifts out over the Foyle as firefighters tackle a blaze at the Mandarin Palace Chinese Restaurant on Wednesday afternoon. DER1015MC075 (Photos: Jim McCafferty)
Thick black smoke drifts out over the Foyle as firefighters tackle a blaze at the Mandarin Palace Chinese Restaurant on Wednesday afternoon. DER1015MC075 (Photos: Jim McCafferty)
  • Fire at Derry restaurant has been deemed a ‘major incident’ by the fire service
  • The Mandarin Palace is one of the best known and popular restaurants in Derry
  • SDLP MLA says anyone left without accomodation due to the fire should contact his office

A SDLP MLA for Foyle has reacted to a major fire at a city centre restaurant.

The blaze took hold this afternoon at the Mandarin Palace on Derry’s quayside. The fire service has deemed the blaze as a ‘major incident’ with up to a dozen appliances attending the scene. Residents in adjoining flats have been evacuated.

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

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

The area surrounding the fire has been cordoned off and police are advising motorists to avoid the area as serious traffic disruption has been caused around the city.

The fire has caused smoke to billow around the city and across the Foyle and can be seen from high ground across the city. There are as yet no indications that any injuries have been sustained.

Pat Ramsey MLA, said: “First of all I would like to state that I sincerely hope no one is injured or harmed as a result of this major incident.

“As MLA for Foyle I commend the emergency services, particularly the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service and the PSNI for their fast and efficient response to the blaze.

First of all I would like to state that I sincerely hope no one is injured or harmed as a result of this major incident-Pat Ramsey MLA

“It is fortunate that this hasn’t occurred this Friday when the public services are on strike. Had that been the case, an incident like this could have far greater and perhaps even longer lasting consequences.

“Of course my condolences go to the employees of and proprietor of the restaurant Stan Lee, the businessman is a household name in Derry due to his contributions to the city over many years. It will be a devastating day for him and our thoughts are with him and allthose employed by teh businesses closed as a result of the fire. I hope they can return to trading normally as soon as possible.

“My office has already been in liason with the Northern Ireland Housing Executive to ensure that plans are in place to house anyone who has been left homeless temporarily or otherwise as a result.

“If anyone is in housing stress as a result of this incident I invite them to contact my office ASAP on 71 361 444 so that we might assist them in this difficult time.”

Thick black smoke billows from the Mandarin Karma building as firefighters prepare to enter. DER1015MC069

Thick black smoke billows from the Mandarin Karma building as firefighters prepare to enter. DER1015MC069

SDLP MLA, Pat Ramsey.

SDLP MLA, Pat Ramsey.