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Electra Road blaze: Firefighters conclude operation at Derry waste management site after fire is fully extinguished

Published 19/11/2015

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.

Firefighters have concluded their operation at a waste management site on the outskirts of Londonderry.

The fire has been fully extinguished and the smoke plume which had originated from the fire is no longer an issue to residents in the area.

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.

A spokersperson for the Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) said: "Firefighters have finished at the scene of the fire at a Waste Management Facility at the Electra Road, Derry which began on Wednesday 11th November.

"Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service would like to thank the members of the local community for their patience as Firefighters dealt with a large fire at waste management facility premises in the area.

"Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service would also like to thank all of the partner agencies for their involvement throughout this operation. NIFRS worked closely with the site owners, contractors, NI Environment Agency, Police Service of Northern Ireland, Public Health Agency, Northern Ireland Electricity and Derry City & Strabane District Council throughout the management of this incident.

"The cause of the fire is still under investigation at this stage."

Background

The fire broke out shortly after 8.30am last Wednesday at the building containing waste which has been untreated for months since the Brickkiln Waste Company went into administration.

Firefighters from across the North West tackled the inferno.

Rats, which had been the subject of a recent infestation probe at the building, could be seen fleeing over a neighbouring field.

Black plumes of smoke which rose up through the towering electric pylons in billowing clouds dominated the skies and could be seen from miles away well into the afternoon.

In July this year, 50 workers employed by Brickkiln Waste Limited lost their jobs when the company went into administration a short time after the Northern Ireland Environment Agency temporarily suspended its licence because of breaches at its plant in Maydown.

The fire broke out on Wednesday morning. @CoDerryAirport
The fire broke out on Wednesday morning. @CoDerryAirport

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