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More fire crews join operation at site of Cork Port blaze

Fire crews are extinguishing hot spots at a storage facility where a fire broke out yesterday.

Updated Jan 10th 2021, 8:00 PM

FIRE SERVICE CREWS are still active at the site of a fire that broke out at Cork Port yesterday morning, with two additional crews having joined the operation earlier today.

Crews from Crosshaven and Carrigaline were joined by crews from Midleton and Cobh Fire Station to manage the aftermath of the fire.

The crews have been “exposing, dampening and extinguishing any hot spots within the storage facility”, according to Cork County Council.

“This natural, organic animal feed will continue to smoulder until it is removed from its current position.” 

The fire broke out yesterday morning at R and H Hall in Ringaskiddy, where fire service crews were called to handle the blaze.

Cork County Council said this evening that it can “confirm that crews will remain on site throughout the night”.

In an earlier statement today, the council said that a crew from Kinsale Fire Station were at the site during the night.

“Crews from Carrigaline and Crosshaven now continue to expose and extinguish any hot spots that may exist within the storage facility,” the council said earlier.

“Due to the nature of this incident, this will be an ongoing process and Cork County Council would again like to reassure members of the public that all operations are being undertaken in a highly controlled manner.”

137217189_3656254611132946_6304498122690283328_o Smoke from the fire at Cork Port yesterday morning.

Cork County Council said that there “may be further fresh smoke from any flare up as fire service crews remove panels from the structures to access hot spots”.

“The material involved remains unchanged and is a natural, organic animal feed,” the council said.

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“Fire Crews will remain on site until this operation is fully complete.”

The fire broke out yesterday at theR&H Hall grain store for animal feed on the Ringaskiddy Deepwater Berth, at an animal feed storage facility near the Port of Cork. 

R&H Hall apologised to “local residents, neighbouring businesses and our customers for any inconvenience caused by the incident”.

“We would like to thank the emergency services and the Port of Cork team for their quick response and ongoing management of the incident,” it said.

Local residents were advised to stay indoors while the smoke was spreading and to keep windows and doors closed. 

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