Fire crews battle massive warehouse blaze in Newry
FIRE crews battled a huge blaze at a clothes recycling plant and warehouse near the Irish border today.
Up to 115 firefighters were involved in a massive operation to prevent flames spreading to a park full of commercial lorries at Cloghoge, just outside Newry and close to the main Belfast-Dublin Road.
Senior members of the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) said it was one of the biggest fires in years in which had they to attend.
At the height of the blaze, 23 fire appliances were at the scene. There were no reports of any injuries.
The alert was raised late last night when crews from Newry were confronted with a serious and rapidly developing fire at the warehouse which had high bay storage over 100 metres in length. The site is used to bale clothes for export.
Reinforcements, including crews with specialist high reach aerial appliances, water tankers and high volume pumping units were then called in as the flames started to spread to a nearby lorry car park.
Water had to be pumped in from miles away with local residents and businesses helping out, according to the Northern Ireland chief fire officer Chris Kerr who was charge of the fire fighting operation.