FIREFIGHTERS were tasked to the scene of a major fire in Ballymena last night, directly beside a petrol station. The blaze started at around 6.30pm at the JP Corry building materials store on the Crankill Road, located just yards from an Applegreen service station. A total of nine fire vehicles were in use at the scene last night, including; six pumping appliances, an aerial appliance, water tanker and command vehicle, with 27 personnel deployed. Police also closed the Co Antrim road to traffic in both directions as firefighters worked to bring the flames under control. Speaking last night Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service group commander, Philip Martin said they were fighting a “well developed fire”, but that it was confined solely to the JP Corry site. He added that significant damage had been caused to the building as a result of the blaze.