500 scrap cars burn as blaze engulfs Derry breakers' yard
Firefighters yesterday battled a huge blaze that engulfed up to 500 cars at a scrapyard in Co Londonderry.
The NI Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) was called to the scene of the inferno at the Higgins Car Dismantlers in Garvagh near Coleraine at around 2pm yesterday.
A number of appliances tackled the blaze at the breakers' yard on Belraugh Road to bring it under control.
Hundreds of scrap vehicles were damaged.
Thick black smoke could be seen billowing from the scene from miles away as firefighters battled for control.
A spokesman for NIFRS said that no members of the public or firefighters were injured during the incident.
"Six fire appliances from Coleraine, Dungiven, Maghera, Ballymoney and Limavady Fire Stations were in attendance along with a water tanker from Pomeroy Fire Station and a command support unit from Kilrea Fire Station," he said.
"The fire emergency support service vehicle was also deployed to the scene.
"The fire was brought under control at 5pm, however crews remained on site until 9pm when the fire was finally extingushed. About 500 cars were damaged in the incident.
"The cause of fire is not yet determined as investigations are still under way."
Higgins Car Dismantlers Ltd has been operating for more than 25 years in the disposal of old and damaged vehicles and the provision of used spare parts throughout Northern Ireland.