Northern Ireland

Larne bingo hall fire: Up to 50 firefighters involved

The blaze started in the early hours of Sunday
Image caption The blaze started in the early hours of Sunday

About 50 firefighters have been involved in dealing with an overnight fire at a retail park in Larne, County Antrim.

The blaze began at a bingo hall in Laharna Retail Park on the Circular Road.

A member of the public reported the fire just before 04:00 BST on Sunday.

Eight pumping appliances and a fire command unit have been used in the operation.

Image caption Fire crews managed to prevent the blaze spreading to adjoining buildings

John Bacon, of the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service, said there had been a fear that the fire would spread to adjoining buildings.

"It had the potential to be a big fire, literally it didn't get to develop," he said.

"That's largely down to the actions of the initial crews in attendance, who made a heightened and sustained attack on the fire and prevented it from travelling too far into the fabric of the building."