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Watch: Flames engulf industrial unit as fire operation to continue throughout Friday

The fire broke out shortly before 2am on Friday

Photo: Justin McNulty/Twitter

An industrial unit in Newry has suffered substantial damage in a fire in the small hours of this morning (Friday).

The wood pellet unit went up in flames shortly before 2am this morning.

Firefighters battled the blaze throughout the night and manage to get it under control earlier this morning, however, the operation is likely to continue throughout the remainder of Friday.

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 cause of the fire is under investigation.”

Councillor Charlie Casey praised the firefighters.

“Fire crews have remained at Carnbane Industrial Estate as there are concerns about the stability of the building,” he said.

“Once again our Fire & Rescue Service have  played a significant role in protecting people & property. They and all our Emergency Services deserve our utmost appreciation and respect.”

Video: Joe McClelland

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