Wednesday 21 February 2018

Firefighters battle huge blaze at recycling plant

Dublin Fire Brigade fight to bring the blaze under control at St Margaret’s recycling centre, where nearby residents were warned to close their windows. Photo: Dublin Fire Brigade
Dublin Fire Brigade fight to bring the blaze under control at St Margaret’s recycling centre, where nearby residents were warned to close their windows. Photo: Dublin Fire Brigade
Conor Feehan

Conor Feehan

Eight units of Dublin Fire Brigade and the Airport Fire Brigade battled to control an enormous blaze at a vehicle recycling plant in the north of the city yesterday.

The fire broke out at a shed in the St Margaret's Metal Recycling plant early yesterday morning.

Flames quickly spread to scrap cars and vans outside and firefighters had to adopt a defensive stance because of the danger of explosion from fuel tanks and oxyacetylene metal cutting equipment.

Huge plumes of smoke billowed into the sky and residents nearby or downwind were told to close their windows to prevent smoke entering their homes.

The brigade used a specialised aerial ladder, foam unit and water tankers.

Airport firefighters joined them with a special water canon which could pump water at high pressure over a long distance. A drone was also used to monitor the fire from above.

Shortly after noon, DFB confirmed it had the blaze under control. The Environmental Protection Agency monitored any possible effects on air quality. No flights were affected.

Irish Independent

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