Fire breaks out at fire station

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An investigation is underway after a fire at Limavady Fire Station.

“We received a call at 8.50am this morning (Wednesday 22 August 2012) to respond to a fire at Limavady Fire Station, Catherine Street, Limavady,” a spokeswoman for the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service said.

“A sounding smoke alarm in the part time Fire Station alerted a local retained firefighter to the incident and fire crews quickly dealt with a contained fire within the drying room/store room area by 9.50am. A fire appliance from Dungiven Fire Station and Crescent Link Fire Station were in attendance.”

The spokeswoman said there has been some damage to the lecture room in the fire station

“However the 2 Limavady fire appliances have not been damaged and the station remains operationally live.

“We immediately activated our well-rehearsed Business Continuity Plans and can assure the public that emergency cover in the area has not been affected by the incident.

“An investigation into the cause of the fire is underway.”

She added:“We want to use this incident to emphasise that fire can happen to anyone at anytime in any building. Fire doesn’t discriminate and it shows the importance of thinking fire safety first, working smoke alarms and the swift actions of our local fire crews in protecting our whole community from the dangers of fire.”