Belfast docks fire causing huge plumes of black smoke

Emergency services are currently at the scene of a large fire in the docks area of east Belfast.

Massive plumes of black smoke from the blaze at Belfast harbour estate can be seen from a wide area including Newtownabbey.

At least four fire appliances are reported to be at the scene battling the fire, understood to be at a scrap metal recycling centre.

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Trafficwatch NI has reported that the smoke can be seen from the M2 citybound from around the Fortwilliam junction, but traffic on the motorway has not been impacted so far.

A massive plume of black smoke from the Belfast docks fire. Picture: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

Eyewitnesses have reported seeing the blaze from across Newtownabbey, including Carnmoney and Jordanstown.

Plumes of smoke from the fire in the Belfast docks area of Belfast. Picture:: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.
Emergency services at the scene of the blaze. Picture: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.
The scene of the fire at Belfast docks. Picture: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.