LATEST UPDATE: Ballymoney derelict factory fire

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The fire at the former factory site of Fleming poultry in Ballymoney is no longer being treated as a major incident, NIFRS have confirmed.

However, despite the downgrade, several Fire crews remain on scene this afternoon and are likely to do so for several hours.

Providing the latest update, and Northern Ireland Fire and rescue service spokesperson said: “Firefighters from across Northern Ireland remain at the scene of a major fire at an industrial premises on the Ballymena Road, Ballymoney.

“Throughout the night more than 100 Firefighters, including 9 Officers, 15 Fire Appliances and 10 Specialist Appliances fought to bring the fire under control.

“The incident is no longer being treated as a major incident however more than 30 Firefighters, including 4 Officers, 4 Fire Appliances, 2 Aerial Appliances and 1 High Volume Pump remain at the scene alongside a Command Support Unit.

“As the incident continues, arrangements have been put in place to maintain emergency response cover across Northern Ireland. The incident is expected to continue into this evening.

“We continue to ask the public to avoid the area and for local residents to remain in their homes.

“The cause of fire is still under investigation.”

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