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Disused Avon factory in Portarlington destroyed by massive blaze

It was previously feared that a fire at the site would require the town to be evacuated.

A DISUSED FACTORY in Portarlington was destroyed by a massive blaze overnight.

The fire, which has now been brought under control, was fought by 12 fire engines from a number of stations in the area.

Emergency services are still at the scene dampening down the debris.

There are no reports of any injuries.

The fire broke out at the disused Avon factory on Canal Road.

In 2012, Senator John Whelan called the site “a disaster waiting to happen”.

“If one incident occurs at the site the entire town would have to be evacuated,” he told the Seanad, and described it as “a tinderbox of 12,000 square metres with hundreds of barrels of chemicals on site, unsecured and open to the elements.”

However, it is understood that fumes from the fire posed no danger to the public.

Senator Whelan also told the Seanad that the site was “apparently… the responsibility and ownership of the National Asset Management Agency”.

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