Massive Fire Breaks Out At Bombardier Facility In Belfast

Fifty firefighters were tackling the "significant fire" at the Bombardier factory in Belfast at 20:45 local time.


Massive Fire Breaks Out At Bombardier Facility In Belfast
Massive Fire Breaks Out At Bombardier Facility In Belfast. Photo: @ConnorMonaghan_

A massive fire broke out at Bombardier Aerospace's manufacturing facility in the Northern Ireland capital yesterday. 



As reported by the BBC, the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) received a call and promptly attended the blaze on Airport Road in the east of Belfast City Hall.

Bombardier Aerospace is one of the largest Northern Ireland's employers. However, no injuries is reported from the massive fire at this time.


The facility is best known within the aviation world for manufacturing the composite wings of the Airbus A220 jets (formerly known as Bombardier CSeries).


However, the exact cause of the fire along with the extent of damage to the factory is still unknown. The authorities are investigating the cause if the break out. 


The public were asked to avoid the area to let the investigators continue their investigation. The road situated just behind George Best Belfast City Airport, has been closed.



Massive Fire Breaks Out At Bombardier Facility In Belfast
The public were asked to avoid the area Photo: @joelneill

A spokesperson told The Belfast Telegraph:


"The incident involves a factory unit on fire. NIFRS received the first call to the incident at 20:45 hrs with our first resource in attendance within 2 minutes."


Regarding the possible cause of the fire, the spokesperson said:


"The fire appears to have started in machinery and the cause of the incident is under investigation. At this stage the cause is believed to be accidental."



Massive Fire Breaks Out At Bombardier Facility In Belfast
No employees were in the factory at the time of the break out.

The aerospace company said there were no employees working in the factory at the time of the fire break out, adding that it would take time to assess any damage.


The Fire Service commander Dermott Rooney said it was a "very significant" blaze and he and his colleagues would be at the scene for some time.



Massive Fire Breaks Out At Bombardier Facility In Belfast
The site produces wings for the Airbus A220 Photo: Airbus

With 3,000 employees the site produces wings for the Airbus A220 series. Airbus took controlling share of the Bombardier CSeries program and renamed the aircraft.


However, later Bombardier decided to exit the commercial aircraft sector and hence sold its remaining share on the program to Airbus.


Reviewing the blaze shown in photos, it seems likely that this would affect the production rate of the A220 series aircraft. 


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