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Electra Road blaze: Firefighters remain at Derry waste management site

Published 17/11/2015

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 are to remain at a waste management site on the outskirts of Londonderry containing thousands of tonnes of household waste, according to the Fire Service.

"The Firefighting operation continues and due to the change in wind direction the smoke plume is now blowing towards the Strathfoyle 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.

"Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service would ask members of the local community living in the area to close their windows and doors until the plume clears. Firefighters will remain on site over the next few days, until the fire is fully extinguished.

"NIFRS are still working 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 in the ongoing management of this incident.

"Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service continues to thank the local community in the area for their understanding as Firefighters deal with this incident."

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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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