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Sunday, 13 May, 2001, 16:04 GMT 17:04 UK
Investigation after former mill fire
Thick black smoke could be seen across the city
Thick black smoke could be seen across the city
The cause of a fire which broke out at a converted linen mill in west Belfast on Sunday is being investigated.

It erupted at premises off the Shankill Road about 0200 BST.

About nine people were inside the building when plastic caught fire in the back yard.

However, it is not thought they were ever in any danger.

Six fire engines went to the scene which was next to a chemical distribution centre.

Divisional fire officer Chris Kerr said the site had suffered severe damage.

"The fire was spreading rapidly and we had to ask for assistance from all over Belfast," he said.

"Good work by the crews stopped the fire spreading to an adjacent chemical factory."

Third blaze

Local residents were advised to keep their windows closed while fire fighters dealt with the blaze.

Traffic was also diverted away from the scene for a time.

The blaze was brought under control a few hours later.

It was the third major blaze in the province within 24 hours.

A disused building at Wellington College in south Belfast was damaged on Saturday.

And a clothing factory in a County Antrim industrial estate suffered 300,000 worth of damage in separate fire.

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