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Dublin: 11 °C Saturday 6 June, 2020

Suspicious fire at second Panda recycling facility

Several trucks were damaged in last night’s blaze, which is not thought to be related to the Slane plant fire last week.

Members of Dublin Fire Brigade at the scene of the blaze last night
Members of Dublin Fire Brigade at the scene of the blaze last night
Image: David Hogan

Updated, 11.55am

A MAJOR FIRE that broke out at a Panda recycling depot in south Dublin last night is thought to have been started maliciously.

Several recycling trucks were damaged in the blaze, which started at around 11.30pm at the company’s depot in Ballymount. A number of Dublin Fire Brigade units attended before the flames were brought under control.

Thousands of customers have seen their waste collections delayed after Panda was unable to mobilise its full fleet. A garda investigation is under way into the fire and the scene has been closed off.

It’s understood that the circumstances of the fire were suspicious.

The blaze is the second to hit a Panda facility in ten days, after the firm’s recycling plant in Co Meath went on fire last week.

Panda manager John Dunne told that roughly 10,000 customers in the Dun Laoghaire area would see their collections delayed by the incident, but it would be by no more than a day. He said:

By tomorrow evening there’ll be no bin left uncollected.

The Ballymount fire is not thought to be related to the blaze in Meath, which is understood to have started when a machine malfunctioned and produced sparks.

However, both incidents are under garda investigation.

It is not yet known whether the trucks damaged last night will be salvageable, Dunne said.

Read: Blaze at Panda plant extinguished after three days>

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