Monday 20 November 2017

Watch: Firefighters battle inferno that completely destroys paper factory

Louise Kelly

Louise Kelly

A fire broke out at a paper manufacturer in Co Louth last night.

Emergency services were alerted to the incident at Dawn Paper & Tissue near Donore Road at approximately 10pm.

Dawn Paper & Tissue Credit: Google Maps
Dawn Paper & Tissue Credit: Google Maps

Substantial damage has been caused at the site and the roof of the building has collapsed.

A 17-year-old youth was arrested in connection with the incident shortly before noon today.

He is currently detained at Dundalk Garda Station.

A male teenager was arrested later this evening in connection with the incident and is being detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984.

Gardai were initially called to the site in Co Louth following reports of a suspected break-in last night.

Twelve units of the fire brigade responded to the blaze over the course of the night and were still fighting to get the blaze under control this morning.

The fire units remain at the scene where the building is still smouldering - and are expected to remain there for most of the day.

There have been no reported injuries as a result of the fire.

Diversions are currently in place around the Donore Road, on the southern outskirts of Drogheda.

A 14-year-old boy was arrested at the scene but has since been released without charge.

Gardai said they were treating the incident as suspected arson and are following a definite line of enquiry.

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