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JP Corry jobs 'safe' after fire destroys Ballymena store

The fire at the JP Corry store outside Ballymena was well alight when firefighters arrived. Picture by Pacemaker Press
Mairead Holland

ALL seven jobs at the Co Antrim building supplies store destroyed in a fire on Sunday night are safe.

A spokesperson for JP Corry said staff at its Robert Guy branch in Ballymena have been redeployed to other branches and there is no risk to their roles.

The company thanked the firefighters who had "worked throughout the night" to bring the blaze under control.

They said they will continue to co-operate with the authorities to determine the cause of the blaze which the fire service said was "accidental".

The company said the priority is to get the site back in operation as soon as possible.

The fire broke out at the two-storey building on Crankill Road just after 6.30pm and was well-developed by the time firefighters arrived.

At its height, 36 firefighters, six pumping appliances, an aerial appliance and a water tank were on the scene.

There were no reported injuries.

Firefighters were today dampening down and dealing with the clear-up.

The blaze was close to an Applegreen petrol filling station and the A26 southbound carriage was closed for a period of time while it was brought under control.

The Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Councillor Maureen Morrow, described JP Corry as one of Northern Ireland’s leading building suppliers and said the fire was "absolutely devastating news".

She added: "I want to thank the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service whose quick actions and bravery prevented the fire spreading further.”

Jim Allister, North Antrim TUV MLA, also praised the work of the emergency services.

An aerial appliance is used to douse the flames. Picture by Pacemaker

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