UPDATE: TOWERING flames halted traffic on the M1 this afternoon after a fierce fire broke out in the centre median.
The blaze erupted shortly after 12.30pm just before Ormeau Exit 45.
Inside lanes were closed as the inferno ripped through 80 metres of thick vegetation.
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One motorist reported “intense heat” as they drove past, with flames “one storey high” in the middle of the highway.
Fire fighters responded quickly and extinguished the blaze, with a thick smoke haze left affecting visibility.
Delays have since cleared with motorists advised to proceed with caution.
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