Emergency services are still on the scene of a major fire in Belfast Harbor, which broke out Tuesday afternoon.
The fire broke out at Clearway Disposal in the East Twin Road area.
A Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service spokesman told Belfast Live that crews were called to the scene at lunchtime.
Due to the nature of the fire, burning scrap metal, it is believed that the fire will continue for some time and reach extreme temperatures.
A spokesman for NIFRS told Belfast Live: “Because it’s scrap metal and burns for a while, it can be hard enough to put it out once it gets started. It burns at fairly hot temperatures and maintains a long, hot combustion.
“People in general, please stay out of the smoke fan, close your windows and doors. Avoid that area because there is a way in and a way out.”
In a statement early Wednesday morning, they said: “NIFRS is still present at a fire at a scrap metal recycling center on East Twin Road, Belfast. Currently, over 50 firefighters, six appliances and additional specialty appliances have been deployed. Residents affected by smoke flag is asked to keep windows closed. “
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