Thursday 16 August 2018

Fire crews extinguish 'major' fire that broke out at Haulbowline Naval Base

Fire Brigade (Stock image)
Fire Brigade (Stock image)
Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

A major fire that broke out Haulbowline Naval Base was extinguished by teams of fire crews last night.

The fire erupted shortly before 9pm in a disused warehouse building adjacent to the officers mess in the main base complex.

The blaze quickly spread to the roof of the old structure.

Two units of Carrigaline Fire Service, alongside Naval Service fire crews tended the fire and were assisted by a further three units from Midleton, Crosshaven and Cork.

An Garda Síochana also attended the scene and the surrounding area was evacuated as a precaution.

The structure in which the fire erupted was disused and unoccupied.

However, it is surrounded by some of the core office buildings of the Naval Service.

Flames from the fire were visible across the harbour in nearby Cobh.

One navy source said an evacuation of all personnel from the area was enacted to facilitate the work of fire fighting personnel.

There were no casualties as a result of the fire.

A full investigation will be carried out in order to establish the cause of the fire. 

The fire came less than a decade after another major blaze at the Haulbowline base destroyed an old storage building which dated back to Royal Navy times.

Haulbowline is Ireland's main navy base and serves as both the accommodation, operations, berthing and refitting complex for the Irish fleet.

It is also the site of a major fuel bunker complex for patrol ship operations.

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