Emergency services continue to battle blaze at industrial estate
Eight units from Dublin Fire Brigade (DFB) are still working to suppress a fire that broke out at a Dublin industrial estate earlier today.
Emergency services responded to the blaze in a storage unit at Ballymount industrial estate at around noon today.
At least 8 fire brigades, 1 ambulance and one Garda car are currently in attendance at the scene.
Enormous plumes of smoke as a result of the fire have been visible from the adjacent M50 for the last three hours.
According to a DFB spokesperson, the "smoke is still heavy" and a foam tender is at the site.
A Garda helicopter has been circling the scene from early afternoon as fire crews continue to try to extinguish the fire.
It is understood that the ESB and Gas Networks Ireland are assisting the emergency services with their efforts.
Dublin Fire Brigade's fire incident commander has asked that people "avoid the area where possible".
Commuters travelling on the M50 have been warned not to get distracted by the fire while driving.
Fire crews told Independent.ie the wind is changeable and they are finding it difficult to contain the blaze.
The fire is believed to have started at a 'Store It' storage facility, but crews have yet been unable to determine the blaze.
Dublin Fire Brigade tweeted: "Currently dealing with large fire in the Ballymount area. This will be a prolonged incident. Plz take care in area."
People in nearby buildings are being evacuated.
A member of the Dublin fire brigade incident command unit said they are confident there are no hazardous materials on fire in the storage unit.
Currently dealing with large fire in the Ballymount area. This will be a prolonged incident. Plz take care in area. pic.twitter.com/jVwcLEL6EJ— Dublin Fire Brigade (@DubFireBrigade) April 29, 2015