Belfast Telegraph

Firefighters tackling blaze at Londonderry building

By Staff Reporter

An operation to tackle an ongoing major fire at a Co Londonderry building - which has been alight for more than 24 hours - was expected to be finished today.

At the height of the blaze, which broke out at the former Brickkiln factory on the Heather Road, 58 firefighters were required after emergency services were alerted on Saturday evening at around 5.45pm.

The building contained a large amount of waste materials and motorists were advised to avoid the area, while residents living in the vicinity were urged to keep their windows and doors closed.

By yesterday evening, the fire had been burning for more than 24 hours and Fire Service group commander, William Johnston, said the operation was being conducted from outside the premises due to safety concerns for crew members.

"We have done that throughout the night and have dealt with a large proportion of the fire.

"But because of the deep seated nature of the fire, it will be an ongoing incident," he said.

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