Commission works on after Lissue House fire

Lissue House destroyed by fire. Pic by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye �
Lissue House destroyed by fire. Pic by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye �

The Livestock and Meat Commission is working on, as far as possible, after its headquarters at Lisburn’s Lissue House was engulfed in fire last Thursday morning.

The early morning blaze broke out on two floors of the one-time children’s hospital at Ballinderry Road and police believe the fire may have been started deliberately.

LMC Chief Executive Ian Stevenson said the commission was saddened by the damage caused to the premises and grateful no-one was injured.

He added: “We have a business continuity plan in place and will continue with our work as far as possible. We thank the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service for their quick response and professionalism in dealing with the fire.” Eight fire appliances, as well as a Command Support Unit from Lisburn Fire Station, a high volume pumping appliance from Whitla Fire Station and a water tanker from Warrenpoint Fire Station attended the scene.

The VEMA fire appliance from Springfield Fire Station and the Fire Emergency Support Service vehicle also provided assistance.

Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs Minister Michelle McIlveen said: “I understand that LMC is currently implementing its own business continuity plans. My officials are working with the commission to offer temporary accommodation and what assistance they can.”

Detective Constable Bell from Lisburn Reactive and Organised Crime said: “We are keen to hear from anyone who was in the area and who may have noticed anything suspicious or out of the ordinary. Please call 101, quoting reference 206 09/06/16.”

It is understood LMC staff have been relocated to Greenmount College, Antrim.