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Fire at recycling centre in Ballyfermot industrial unit brought under control

Dublin Fire Brigade advised locals last night to close their windows.

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Updated Jan 10th 2021, 7:30 AM

A LARGE FIRE that broke out at a recycling centre in Ballyfermot is now under control, after Dublin firefighters tackled the blaze for hours last night.

Before 8pm yesterday, Dublin Fire Brigade arrived to attend a fire at an industrial premises in Ballyfermot, Dublin 10. 

Firefighters said that they had expected to be at the scene of the fire “for the foreseeable”, and it would be “a protracted incident”.

In total, seven fire engines, a turntable ladder, a water tanker and a foam tender attended the scene.

After 1am, Dublin Fire Brigade said that the fire had been brought under control.

“We’re scaling back our response to the fire as it is now under control. We’re also pumping water from a nearby canal to the fire ground,” it said on Twitter.

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In a statement to TheJournal.ie last night, An Garda Síochána said they were “aware of a fire at the recycling centre, Killeen Road, Ballyfermot this evening”.

“Dublin Fire Brigade responded to a call of a fire at approximately 7.45pm,” Gardaí said. “Gardaí are assisting at the scene at this time.”

Smoke warning

Last night, the fire brigade had advised the public to close windows as a precaution if they had been impacted by the smoke plume – particularly if you lived “downwind of the fire”, as the smoke “will travel some distance”.

“Keep all windows and doors closed in Ballyfermot/ Inchicore and surrounds,” Dublin South Central TD Bríd Smith wrote on Twitter last night.

In a statement to TheJournal.ie, Ballyfermot and Drimnagh Councillor Daithí Doolan urged residents to keep their windows closed.

“I am deeply concerned that toxic waste could be in the smoke and could be a threat to people’s health and safety,” Doolan said.

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“This site is next to a big residential area,” he said.

Elsewhere in the country, fire services attended the scene of a fire at Cork Port yesterday.

Cork County Council issued a statement this evening to say that the fire was brought under control at 10am and remains contained.

“Fire Service Crews are maintaining a presence on site to expose and extinguish any hot spots that many exist within the storage facility,” the council said.

Updated by Gráinne Ní Aodha

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