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Police treating devastating Belfast Crystal fire as 'suspicious'

Police in the North have made a public appeal for information.

Image: Niall Carson/PA Images

POLICE IN NORTHERN Ireland are treating a devastating fire at a Belfast Crystal factory last night as ‘suspicious’ and are appealing for information.

The premises of the family-run business is located on Blackstaff Road in Kennedy Way industrial estate in west Belfast.

The Belfast Telegraph reports that at one point 40 firefighters battled with the blaze. The premises have sustained substantial damage as a result of this fire.

Owner Tony Abbate told the BBC that years of hard work “through bad times, through good times” had “all gone in one night.”

I’ve been at this since I left school – it’s all of me in there, my savings, my pension, my work, my social life.

Kennedy Way industrial estate fire Source: Niall Carson/PA Images

PSNI Sergeant Tom Donnelly asked anyone who may have noticed any suspicious activity in this area to contact police at Woodbourne on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference 1048 01/07/17.

Alternatively, if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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