Farm Ireland

Sunday 18 March 2018

Blaze won't halt production say Carbery

The fire at the roof of the plant
The fire at the roof of the plant

One of Ireland's largest cheese plants has vowed to maintain production following a major fire on the roof of Carbery's alcohol distillation facility at Ballineen on Sunday afternoon.

The fire was brought under control within an hour by crews from both Bandon and Dunmanway fire stations, who battled the flames that engulfed the 60ft high tower facility at the state-of-the-art plant that produces one third of the country's cheddar, including the Dubliner brand.

Management would not be drawn on the scale of the damage until further detailed examinations have been completed, but they insisted that milk intake at the site will not be affected.

The plant is currently processing 1.5m litres of milk daily, and Carbery said that they would work with their "industry partners if any short-term downstream production requirements arise".

Investigations into what started the fire are also on-going.

The Ballineen plant processes all of the milk from the four west Cork co-ops, Bandon, Drinagh, Lisavaird and Brryroe.

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