A fire at the Bullitt Hotel in Belfast has caused serious damage, its owner has said.
Conall Wolsey, from owners Beannchor Group, said the kitchen and plant room, at the rooftop bar of the hotel, have been destroyed. “There is severe smoke and water damage to the building,” he said.
He added that it could have been a lot worse, paying tribute to the fire service for their “speedy response.” The hotel is closed and will be for the rest of the week, according to the BBC.
Mr Wolsey said engineers would assess the structural integrity of the building before anyone would be allowed back in. The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) said the fire could have spread to other buildings.
Group Commander David Harbinson told BBC News NI that firefighters had worked to stop the fire spreading across the roof. “It originated on the top floor and once it breached through the roof the oxygen started to feed the fire,” he said. Mr Harbinson said the fire was being treated as accidental.
“We believed, from information we were given, that it was spread through an extraction system.”
“There was some smoke damage and water damage but this could have been a much more serious incident if it hadn’t been for swift action of firefighters,” said Mr Harbinson.
The fire caused widespread traffic disruption during one of the busiest periods of the day for road users in the city centre. Victoria Street was reopened on Tuesday night, having been closed between Ann Street and High Street while the fire was dealt with.
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