Fire which prompted ‘asbestos’ alert in Ballymena is believed to have been started deliberately

This was the scene on Tuesday morning.

A FIRE which prompted an asbestos alert in Ballymena is believed to have been deliberate.

A fire broke out in the Queen Street area on Monday night and a large number of fire engines raced to the scene.

The police advised residents to keep all windows and doors shut at the time of the incident due to concerns regarding potential asbestos.

A spokesperson from the Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service said six appliances attended including an aerial appliance.

That included two appliances from Ballymena Fire Station and two from Antrim Fire Station as well as two from Knock Fire Station in Belfast.

The spokesperson said: “NIFRS were called to a fire in a one storey disused shed on Monday evening.

“The fire was well alight when firefighters arrived.

“Firefighters wore breathing apparatus and used jets to extinguish the fire.

“The incident was dealt with by 9.19pm and the cause of the fire is believed to be deliberate ignition,” the Ballymena Guardian reported.

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