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Firefighter hurt battling blaze in Londonderry

By Steven Alexander

Published 08/07/2015

Fire officers tackle the blaze at the BricKKiln recycling plant at Heather Road outside Londonderry
Fire officers tackle the blaze at the BricKKiln recycling plant at Heather Road outside Londonderry

A firefighter was injured as a massive blaze took hold at a waste recycling plant just outside Londonderry.

Around 50 firefighters and 10 appliances had been tasked to BricKKiln Waste on Heather Road.

The business recycles paper and card, with the fire starting in a large shed used to shred the material. No employees were injured or required rescue.

Fire commander Mark Smyth said the blaze had been large and difficult to fight due to the nature of the business. "It was a fairly sizeable operation and fire," he said.

The firefighter had been injured in an incident involving a digger and was taken to hospital, although it is understood his injuries are not serious.

Fire crews attended from Limavady and Strabane.

They had to deal with rush hour traffic before hitting narrow country roads on the way to deal with the fire, which was under control by around 9pm.

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