300 cars destroyed as 'deliberate' fire rips through scrapyard
A fire ripped through a breaker's yard early on Tuesday morning and left more than 300 cars totally destroyed.
Emergency services were called at 1.49am to Fegan's Quarry on the Madden Road in Keady, south Armagh, after a report of vehicles on fire. Six fire trucks from Armagh, Keady, Portadown, Banbridge and Newtownhamiltion stations rushed to the scene. A water tanker from Warrenpoint and a Command Support Unit from Lisburn were also deployed.
Residents were awoken in the early hours by a series of explosions.
One person said: "We weren't 100% sure what or where it was but a number of fire engines raced past."
Police are working to establish a motive for the incident and are appealing for witnesses.
A Fire Service spokesperson said: "Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus and using hosereel jets dealt with the fire at a scrapyard in the area.
"Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service finished at the scene at 6.05am and the fire is being treated as deliberate."
This is the second major fire at a scrapyard in under a month. In September a huge blaze engulfed Higgins Car Dismantlers in Garvagh near Coleraine, Co Londonderry and more than 500 scrap vehicles were damaged.