Gardaí investigate massive overnight blaze at mill
Gardaí are investigating the cause of an industrial fire in Cork that required six fire brigade units to battle.
The fire at a 19th Century mill in Ballinacurra, outside Midleton in east Cork, was detected around 3am today.
Two units of Midleton Fire Brigade were at the scene within minutes but, such was the speed with which the blaze spread throughout the largely empty structure, extra units were required.
It is understood the old mill has been empty and unused for years.
Eventually, fire brigade units from Cobh, Youghal, and Cork attended the scene to reinforce Midleton units.
By 6am the fire was largely under control.
No one was injured in the incident.
To assist fire brigade units in fighting the blaze, gardaí closed roads near Ballinacurra and implemented traffic diversions.
Motorists were warned to expect delays during peak traffic periods today.
As a precautionary measure, some local homes nearby were also evacuated amid concerns that flying sparks from the mill blaze could cause secondary fires.
However, all homeowners were allowed back into their properties shortly after 7am when it was deemed that there was no longer a risk of the fire spreading.
Such was the ferocity of the fire that some local power lines were also impacted.
ESB crews will later today be inspecting power lines adjacent to the mill for possible damage.
A garda investigation into the fire will be carried out.
However, investigators will only be able to access the structure when fire brigade operations conclude and it is deemed safe to enter the gutted structure.