Monday 19 February 2018

Teens arrested after suspected arson attack at Louth factory

The factory in Co Louth was totally gutted in the suspected arson attack over the weekend
The factory in Co Louth was totally gutted in the suspected arson attack over the weekend
The remains of the factory after the fire
Adam Cullen

Adam Cullen

A family-run paper factory has been razed to the ground during a suspected arson attack in Co Louth.

Dawn Paper and Tissue, which employs 22 people in Drogheda, was "completely destroyed" by the blaze - which was still smouldering late last night.

The building became engulfed in flames shortly after 10pm on Saturday.

A fire service spokesperson said that at one stage 12 units of the fire brigade were at the scene attempting to battle the inferno.

Crews were expected to remain at the site for "at least the next 24 hours" while it is made safe for forensic examination.

Gardaí have arrested three teenagers in connection with the incident. A 14-year-old boy was detained near the scene shortly after the fire broke out. He was later released without charge.

A 17-year-old boy and another teen were arrested on Sunday and remained in custody at Dundalk Garda Station last night.

There were no reported casualties following the incident.

Dawn Paper and Tissue was established in 1988 and manufactures industrial and domestic cleaning paper products.

Business and Employment Minister Ged Nash said that the fire represents a devastating blow for the community.

"About 30 people are employed by the family at this particular site," he said.

"The entire building has been destroyed. It is a devastating blow for the family who owns and manages the plant and also the 30 or so people who work here."

Irish Independent

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