Northern Ireland

Newry: 50 firefighters tackle large fire

The scene of the fire in Carnbane industrial estate Image copyright Joe McGrath
Image caption The blaze began at a wood recycling plant in Newry

More than 50 firefighters have been involved in tackling a large fire at a wood recycling plant in Newry, County Down.

They have used aerial equipment to tackle the blaze at Urban Forest Ltd in the Carnbane industrial estate.

The company recycles discarded wood into bedding material for animals.

Firefighters were alerted to the fire just after 06:30 BST on Saturday. Six fire appliances and two aerial appliances were deployed to the scene.

'Major fire'

Image copyright Joe McGrath
Image caption Firefighters used aerial equipment to tackle the blaze

Group Commander Edward Carroll said fire crews were "confronted with a well-developed fire" when they arrived at the plant on Derryboy Road.

"In the early stages there was a considerable risk of the fire spreading but due to the prompt actions of the crews we were able to contain the fire to the building of origin," Mr Carroll said.

Image caption Group Commander Edward Carroll said 51 firefighters were deployed during the operation

Newry and Armagh MP Mickey Brady described the incident as a "major fire".

In a tweet, the Sinn Féin MP thanked fire crews, saying their "prompt and professional action" had ensured the containment of the blaze.