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Fire crews tackle Belfast city centre blaze

The fire broke out in commercial premises in Belfast city centre
The fire broke out in commercial premises in Belfast city centre

A fire above a hairdressers in Belfast city centre has been extinguished by the Fire and Rescue Service.

Five fire appliances attended the blaze in the three-storey building on Rosemary Street, which was reported at about 1145 GMT on Thursday.

The area, which was cordoned off for a time, has since reopened.

Rachel Perry, who works in a nearby shop, said firefighters were on the scene within minutes of the blaze breaking out.

"Massive flames were flying out the window and there was smoke everywhere," she said.

A spokesman for the Fire and Rescue Service said the blaze was being treated as accidental.

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