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Thursday 27 July 2017

Eleventh Night: Emergency services receive over 200 calls as bonfires are lit across Northern Ireland

Loyalist are silhouetted as they gather in front of the bonfire on the Sandy Row area on July 12, 2017 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
Loyalist are silhouetted as they gather in front of the bonfire on the Sandy Row area on July 12, 2017 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
Loyalist are silhouetted as they gather in front of the bonfire on the Sandy Row area on July 12, 2017 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
Loyalist are silhouetted as they gather in front of the bonfire on the Sandy Row area on July 12, 2017 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
Loyalist are silhouetted as they gather in front of the bonfire on the Sandy Row area on July 12, 2017 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
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The Fire Service has said it received over 200 emergency calls during the Eleventh Night bonfire celebrations as fires were lit in loyalist areas across the region to usher in the main date in the Protestant loyal order parading season - the Twelfth of July.

Firefighters attended a total of 133 operational incidents, including 40 bonfire related incidents, representing a 49% increase in incidents attended during the same period in 2016 and a 21% increase in the number of bonfire incidents attended last year.

The Fire Service said it dealt with bonfire incidents across the Northern Ireland. The two most significant bonfire related incidents were in the Greater Belfast area.

"The evening was exceptionally busy and between 2200hrs and 0100hrs NIFRS dealt with 95 operational incidents. At its busiest NIFRS Regional Control Centre handled an emergency 999 call every minute," the Fire Service said.

"NIFRS maintained normal service delivery throughout the evening attending a range of operational incidents including property fires, special service calls and other emergency incidents."

"Unfortunately during the evening there was one attack on a fire appliance leaving a bonfire related incident in Belfast. Thankfully no firefighters were injured."

Loyalist are silhouetted as they gather in front of the bonfire on the Sandy Row area on July 12, 2017 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
Loyalist are silhouetted as they gather in front of the bonfire on the Sandy Row area on July 12, 2017 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

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