Firefighters battle a large blaze in Portadown

Firefighters deal with a large blaze on the outskirts of Portadown, Co Armagh.

The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) said the fire involving a large number of hay bales on Blackisland Road, Annaghmore was reported at around 10pm on Saturday.

Some 55 firefighters and six pumping devices were deployed and crews worked through the night and into the early hours of Sunday.

Four pumping devices remained at the scene as of 7 a.m. Sunday.

NIFRS group commander Paul Gould told the Palestinian Authority news agency that it was still an “ongoing incident” as of 11 a.m. Sunday.

He said: “We have reduced our resources but we are still involved in extinguishing the fire and managing the incident. The fire involved a large amount of hay and is still ongoing.

“We ask members of the public to stay away from the area while we try to resolve it.”

It is believed that there were around 1,500 bales of hay at the site.

Mr Gould added: “The embers from the fire create quite a dramatic risk of fire spread, which is why we had a large amount of resources. We stayed there overnight and are still there to take care of it.

It is not yet known what caused the fire.

Mr Gould said: ‘We are still trying to resolve the incident and put out the fire. Once this is over, we will try to establish what was the cause of the fire.

Trafficwatch NI said the road remains closed and road users are urged to find an alternate route.

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