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Gardaí investigating large fire at Mayo business

No one was injured in the fire but there was extensive damage to the premises.

File photo (not of scene)
File photo (not of scene)
Image: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

Updated 18.30

GARDAÍ  ARE INVESTIGATING a fire at a premises in Ballina, Co Mayo.

Emergency services were called to the scene of Tuffy’s Cash and Carry at Bohernasup, Ballina just past midnight. Two fire engines and a hydraulic platform from the Ballina unit of Mayo County Fire Service attended the scene. The fire was quickly brought under control and was confined largely to a storage area.

A garda spokesperson told TheJournal.ie that no one was injured in the fire but there was extensive damage to the premises. The scene has been preserved for the investigation.

Earlier today, roads were closed as there was a significant amount of black smoke from the scene spreading throughout the town. The fire service assured the public that the fumes from the smoke were not toxic and roads were reopened at approximately 12.30pm.

Fire crews are currently dampening down the contents of the building and generally scaling down the operation. A spokesperson for the Mayo County Fire Service said the cause of the fire is unknown but it is “not thought to be malicious”.

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