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Close windows and doors, Fire Service warns as Newtownards fire rages

The public are being warned to close their windows and doors as fire fighters continue to tackle a major blaze in Co Down.

The Fire Service said a large pile of rubbish and rubble was on fire in the Castlebawn site, on the Portaferry Road in Newtownards on Monday.

A Fire Service spokeswoman said: "Earlier today Firefighters extinguished one area of the fire.  We have been liaising with Environmental Health from Ards and North Down Borough Council and the site owners and are awaiting a digger to arrive onsite to separate the rubbish and rubble to enable us to continue with firefighting operations.

“There is a plume of smoke in the area.  As a precautionary measure those within the Court Street area and near to the Castlebawn site are being asked to close windows and doors at this time.”

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