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Giant blaze at Dublin metal plant now under control

Eight fire units were sent to the scene of the recycling plant, located near Dublin Airport.

Updated at 4.30pm

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EMERGENCY SERVICES SAY a huge fire at St Margaret’s metal recycling plant in north Dublin is now under control.

Some units that were tending the fire have been released from the scene, but others will remain “to dampen down any hot spots”, said Dublin Fire Brigade on Twitter.

The family-run “scrap-metal specialists” at St Margaret’s collects metal from all over Leinster, dismantling old cars to sell parts and disposing of others.

Dublin Fire Brigade said earlier that eight fire units, including an aerial ladder and a foam unit were sent to the scene at Sandyhills, which is located near Dublin Airport.

Dublin Airport Fire and Rescue Service also attended the scene.

Fire StMs Source: Dublin Fire Brigade/Twitter

Dublin Fire is advised residents in the surrounding area to continue to keep their windows closed earlier this afternoon.

The Minister for Communications Denis Naughten confirmed that the Environmental Protection Agency was monitoring the situation.

Airport operations 

After some passengers at Dublin Airport tweeted out questions wondering whether the giant plume of smoke would impact on flights, the airport clarified that the fire “is not on the airport campus and the smoke is not having an impact on airport operations”.

Dublin Fire Brigade said it’s receiving “increased water supply assistance” from Fingal County Council to tackle the blaze.

It’s not yet known what caused the fire, or the extent of the damage it caused. No casualties have been reported.

pjimage Source: Dublin Fire Brigade/Photojoiner

AA Roadwatch earlier advised motorists to drive with care, as the smoke may affect visibility on St Margaret’s Road.

First posted at 10am

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