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Firefighters continue to tackle ‘significant’ blaze at industrial unit

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Firefighters are continuing to fight a “significant” blaze at an industrial unit in Newry this morning (Friday).

Officials from the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) confirmed that 38 firefighters are tackling the incident in an industrial unit in the Carnbane Industrial Estate, Springhill Road, Newry.

A Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) Spokesperson said: “We received a call at 2am this morning (1 December 2017) to attend a fire in a large industrial unit in the Carnbane Industrial Estate, Springhill Road, Newry.

“Four Fire Appliances, two Aerial Appliances and a High Volume Pumping Appliance are in attendance at the scene.  Thirty eight Firefighters are currently dealing with a significant fire involving wood products.

“The incident is likely to continue for most of today.

“The cause of the fire is under investigation.”

They have described the fire as significant, which began in the early hours of this morning.

There are concerns over the stability of the wood pellet factory as crews continue to monitor.

The Fire Brigade Union tweeted: “A large fire in Newry in the early hours of this morning. Great work by Firefighters but again Belfast has to have its fire cover reduced to allow the Arial appliance to have a crew. We need crew on these vital appliances 24/7.”

The cause of the fire is unknown at this stage.

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