Saturday 24 September 2016

Fire damages famous fish smokehouse

Pat Flynn

Published 20/08/2016 | 02:30

Firefighters on the roof of the building. Picture Credit Press 22
Firefighters on the roof of the building. Picture Credit Press 22

An award-winning fish-smoking business was extensively damaged after fire broke out at the plant.

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The alarm was raised at around 8.50am when the blaze broke out at the well-known Burren Smokehouse in Lisdoonvarna, Co Clare.

A firefighter cleans himself down after fire in Lisdoonvarna. Picture Credit Press 22
A firefighter cleans himself down after fire in Lisdoonvarna. Picture Credit Press 22

Two units of the fire brigade from Ennistymon along with one from Ennis were initially sent to the scene. The fire had already engulfed the roof when the crews arrived and additional resources were requested to attend the incident.

Two additional units of Clare County Fire and Rescue Service, including a hydraulic platform, were mobilised from Ennis.

The fire was confined to the smokehouse and a storage area and did not spread to the adjoining visitor centre or other buildings.

Firefighters spent several hours battling the blaze before finally bringing it under control. Crews spent a further two hours making the building safe by removing roofing from the building.

One worker said: "This is devastating. The Curtin's are the hardest working people I have met. We can't believe it. Everyone got out and that's the main thing,"

Irish Independent

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