Belfast landmark goes up in flames captured in pictures

Flames from a major blaze which has broken out at the Primark store in Belfast city centre (PA) Credit: PA Wire/PA Images

A major fire has engulfed a Primark store in the centre of Belfast.

The blaze at the historic five-storey Bank Buildings saw dozens of firefighters attending and a pall of smoke covering the city centre.

Shoppers and staff were evacuated at around 11am on Tuesday as flames tore through the structure.

The Bank Buildings on Castle Street were designed by Sir Robert Taylor. Credit: PA
The landmark was erected in 1785, built in red Dumfries sandstone. Credit: PA
Thick smoke covered the city centre. Credit: Liam McBurney/P
People working nearby were warned to keep their windows closed. Credit: PA
But the site of the flames attracted a huge crowd to central Belfast. Credit: PA
The original bank was known as “The Bank of the Four Johns”, as all four founders went by the name. Credit: PA
In 1805, the building was converted into a shop. Credit: PA
In 1961 the Bank Buildings underwent total renovation, with a modernised main entrance added at Castle Junction, and the pillars on the ground floor removed. Credit: PA
Primark has been based in the store since 1979. Credit: Liam McBurney/PA
The Dublin-based chain has been operating since 1969. Credit: PA
Primark shoppers and staff were evacuated from the building at around 11am on Tuesday after smoke could be seen billowing from the roof. Credit: PA
The historic clock at the top of the building was engulfed in flames before the fire spread from the roof to the floors below. Credit: PA