Saturday 22 July 2017

Industrial estate blaze continues to rage into second day

Emergency services battling a blaze in Ballymount Industrial Estate yesterday. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Emergency services battling a blaze in Ballymount Industrial Estate yesterday. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Fire at Ballymount (Photo: Steve Humphreys)
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Fire at Ballymount. Photo: David Conachy

Shane O'Riordan

Emergency services were put under severe pressure yesterday as they struggled to control a blaze which burned for over 10 hours in an industrial estate.

Enormous plumes of smoke could be seen from the M50 following a fire which broke out in a storage unit on Ballymount Industrial Estate on Dublin's southside.

The fire is believed to have started at 'Store It', a storage facility which caters for businesses and households.

There are still three units of the Dublin Fire Brigade at the scene.

A spokesperson for Dublin Fire Brigade said: "Ten units were called out to the scene at 10.15am, which included two aerial units and one incident-command unit. Workers in the adjacent buildings were evacuated promptly." There were no confirmed casualties as a result of the fire.

Fire brigade personnel said they were confident that no toxic materials burned in the inferno and the smoke released should not pose a significant health risk to people in the area.

Fire at Ballymount (Photo: Steve Humphreys)
Fire at Ballymount (Photo: Steve Humphreys)
Fire at Ballymount (Photo: Steve Humphreys)
Fire at Ballymount (Photo: Steve Humphreys)
Fire at Ballymount (Photo: Steve Humphreys)
Fire at Ballymount (Photo: Steve Humphreys)
Fire at Ballymount (Photo: Steve Humphreys)
Fire at Ballymount (Photo: Steve Humphreys)
Fire at Ballymount (Photo: Steve Humphreys)
Fire at Ballymount (Photo: Steve Humphreys)
Fire at Ballymount (Photo: Steve Humphreys)
Fire at Ballymount (Photo: Steve Humphreys)
Fire at Ballymount (Photo: Steve Humphreys)
Fire at Ballymount (Photo: Steve Humphreys)
Fire at Ballymount. Photo: David Conachy
Fire at Ballymount (Photo: AislingNiCTV3)
Ballymount blaze (Photo: David Conachy)
Ballymount blaze (Photo: David Conachy)

Store It management were unavailable for comment.

Commuters travelling on the adjacent M50 were warned not to get distracted by the fire.

Fire crews told the Irish Independent that changeable winds made the fire difficult to contain.

In January 2014 there was a fire in the same industrial estate that took three days to extinguish. That fire started in the Oxigen recycling facility and was the result of arson. Another fire was started in a carpet centre nearby that same week.

Irish Independent

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