Suspected arson attack destroys retail unit

The fire gutted the former BHF Bargains store on the Shore Road. INNT 41-401-RM Pic by Ronnie Moore
The fire gutted the former BHF Bargains store on the Shore Road. INNT 41-401-RM Pic by Ronnie Moore

POLICE are continuing to investigate the cause of a fire that destroyed disused commercial premises on the Shore Road last week.

The former BHF Bargains store near the Mill Road junction was extensively damaged in the blaze, which was reported at around 9.15pm last Wednesday.

NIFRS crews from Glengormley, Belfast and Lisburn battled for over six hours to extinguish the fire, which it’s thought was started deliberately.

A PSNI spokesperson confirmed that the fire is being treated as suspicious, but stressed that investigations are continuing.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact officers at Newtownabbey Station on 0845 600 8000.