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Firefighters continuing to battle waste site inferno

Fire crews from throughout Northern Ireland will today continue to battle a major fire at an industrial waste site.

A total of 15 appliances and 75 firefighters fought the flames through the night with teams from four counties in attendance. The fire at the site of City Industrial Waste at Campsie, Londonderry, began around 10.15am yesterday.

Eoin Doyle, area commander for the Western division, said initial efforts were hampered by 1,000 plastic covered bales of waste at the front of the shed where the fire raged.

Speaking last night from the scene, Commander Doyle said: “The fire is in a shed containing 500 tons of commercial and domestic waste which is non-hazardous; however there are also 1,000 bales of waste at the front of this shed which our crews are moving,” he said. “The presence of these bales initially hampered our efforts and it is because of these bales we are still unable to get into the burning rubble.”

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