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Brickkiln recycling plant fire 'expected to burn for several days'

Published 11/11/2015

The scene of the fire at the Brickkiln recycling plant outside Derry. Picture Martin McKeown.
The scene of the fire at the Brickkiln recycling plant outside Derry. Picture Martin McKeown.
The scene of the fire at the Brickkiln recycling plant outside Derry. Picture Martin McKeown.
The fire broke out on Wednesday morning. @CoDerryAirport

The huge fire which broker out at the former recycling plant in Londonderry this morning is expected to burn for several more days, the Fire Service has warned.

Eleven fire appliances from across the area were scrambled from as far away as Omagh and Strabane to the site of the former Brickkiln site on the Electra Road just after 8.30am on Tuesday morning.

Given the size of the site, the materials contained in the building and the extent of the blaze, the Fire Service said it expected to be dealing with the incident for several more days.

Firefighters are having difficulties reaching the heart of the blaze to have much effect and have been unable to enter the building as it is "structurally unsafe".

It is too early, the Fire Service said, to determine the cause.

A spokesman said: "Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) is advising that the fire at Brickkiln Enviroparc, Electra Road, Maydown, Londonderry will likely burn or several more days.

“Due to the intensity of the fire, the nature of the building and material inside it this is going to be a protracted incident.

"The building is approx. 50m x 30m and contained bales of recyclable domestic rubbish. 

"Due to the compact nature of how the bales were stacked within the building the water is running off the surface of the bales and is not currently reaching the seat of the fire within the building. 

"It is not safe to commit firefighters to enter the building as it is structurally unsafe."

He added: "Currently there is a large smoke plume coming from the fire and the advice to householders and premises in the area is to keep windows and doors closed. 

"Windy conditions are forecast for the next 24 hours and people need to be vigilant to a change in wind direction and keep windows and doors closed.

“NIFRS is working closely with the site owners, NI Environment Agency, Public Health Agency and Derry City & Strabane District Council in the ongoing management of this incident.

“We will keep firefighters on scene to continue our firefighting operation over the coming days.

“The initial call to this incident was received at 8:38am and 12 Fire Appliances were mobilised to the incident. It is too early to determine the cause of the fire at this stage.”

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