Yesterday evening saw 7 fire appliances fight a blaze at a restaurant in the Riverside Retail area of Coleraine, on a busy Sunday evening.
The fire appears to have started in the Indus Valley restaurant, which saw neighbouring premises including McDonalds evacuated. Fire fighters also has trouble gaining access due to security shutter and has to us cutting equipment to gain access.
The Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service said they;
“received a call at approximately 22:00hrs tonight to a fire in a building in the Riverside Regional Centre, Coleraine.
7 fire appliances and approximately 35 firefighters from Coleraine, Portstewart, Portrush and Londonderry are currently firefighting at the scene”
This isn’t the first time that this row of restaurant units, adjacent to but not attached to the McDonalds restaurant, has saw a blaze break out in one of the restaurants.
Back in 2007 a fire broke out in the then Yoko’s restaurant kitchen which was believed to be deliberate.
Then again in 2014 another blaze broke out on Yoko’s premises, this time on a busy Valentine’s Day evening when the restaurant was full of couples. On this occasion Indus Valley was also damaged in the fire, the cause of which was ruled accidental in this occasion
Yoko’s eventually relocated to the Jet centre complex where they now run their restaurant from.
Indus Valley also recently announced that they were opening at takeout at Milltown in Ballymoney. This is due to launch on Wednesday 27th March under ‘Indus Valley express’, so yesterday evenings fire will come as a blow to the business.
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The cause of the fire is as yet unknown.