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Waste site demolition set to begin after blaze

By Lesley-Anne McKeown

Published 14/11/2015

Demolition work has begun at a Londonderry recycling plant where a major fire broke out
Demolition work has begun at a Londonderry recycling plant where a major fire broke out

Demolition work has begun at a Londonderry recycling plant where a major fire broke out.

The roof and external wall panels of a building at the Maydown site are being knocked down to give crews better access to the seat of the blaze, the fire service said.

A spokesman for the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) said: "Since Wednesday the fire has continued to burn out to such an extent that it is now safe for the demolition of the building to commence."

At its height, 45 firefighters from Derry, Strabane, Omagh and Dungiven were involved in the operation to extinguish hundreds of tonnes of rubbish, with 11 appliances currently in attendance.

Police, council and public health and environment agency representatives are also on site.

On Thursday, NIFRS warned the fire could burn for several days and householders in the vicinity are still being advised to keep their windows and doors shut.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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