Blaze at Newry sewage plant sparks fears over safety
Businesses were forced to close for several hours last night due to a fire at a sewage plant in Newry.
So much putrid smoke was coming from the premises in the Kilmorey Street/Warrenpoint Road area that police advised nearby residents to close all windows and doors as a precaution.
Firefighters and police were in attendance around 6pm and although businesses were given the all-clear to return at around 9pm, by that stage it was past closing time for many.
An employee at the Mauds ice cream shop told the Belfast Telegraph last night: "We had to close.
"The police put us all out, closed the whole site down, around 6pm to closing time, which was 9pm.
"We are just in to check at 9pm. The shop is not actually open at this time.
"Everything is OK. There was nobody hurt.
"It is an unmanned sewage plant," said the employee.
The nearby road was closed to traffic for a stage.
Just before 10pm police said the fire had been brought under control and the road had been reopened to traffic.