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Investigation continues into whether Sligo fire site contained asbestos

Residents were urged to close their windows following last night’s fire at a commercial unit on Ballast Quay.

The scene of last night's fire at Ballast Quay in Co Sligo.
The scene of last night's fire at Ballast Quay in Co Sligo.
Image: Sean Carleton

INVESTIGATIONS ARE CONTINUING into whether the roof of a commercial unit which caught fire in Sligo yesterday contained asbestos.

The commercial unit was located on Ballast Quay. A spokesperson from Sligo Fire Brigade told that local residents were urged to close their windows as a precautionary measure, following suspicions that its roof contained the harmful material.

Inhalation of asbestos can cause serious health problems including cancer.

Following the 6.30pm call-out, the scene was attended by three units of the fire brigade, in addition to a hydraulic platform and water tanker.

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