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Nine-hour battle to extinguish factory fire

By Donna Deeney

Six fire crews battled for nine hours to extinguish a blaze at a wood chipping plant.

Forklifts were also involved in the operation as flames spread throughout the single storey shed after a diesel tank ruptured.

A Fire Service spokesperson said a call was received just after midnight yesterday to the plant on the Teeavan Road, near Dungiven.

Firefighters from Dungiven were assisted by crews from Limavady, Londonderry, Pomeroy and Maghera.

Cathal O hOisin MLA paid tribute to their efforts.

He said: “This was a difficult fire for the Fire Service to deal with, given that they had to work under extremely difficult conditions.

“On Monday night we experienced the strongest winds we have had in years, which I would imagine would make an already difficult situation even worse.

“An incident like this just highlights the excellent work the emergency services do.”

A member of the Fire and Rescue Service uses an aerial platform to check the condition of a burnt shed at Teeavan Road outside Dungiven yesterday Martin Mckeown

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