A sad day for Belfast and its history
A major fire has destroyed a historic building containing a Primark store in Belfast. As flames and thick black smoke have engulfed the entire five-storey Bank Buildings on Castle Street earlier today.
The building, which has been in the heart of Belfast since 1787, which recently underwent a multimillion-pound refurbishment with a 2,700 square metre extension, added to the premises.
According to reports the flames reaching at least 50ft could be seen right across Belfast’s skyline.
The historic clock at the top of the building was engulfed in flames before the fire spread from the roof to the floor below. With parts of the roof collapsed as thick black smoke and fire then ripped through the rest of the flagship store.
And according to reports this evening, The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service are now worried that absolute collapse is now a strong possibility.