Two firefighters hurt in Guinness blaze

Monday 21 December 2009 22.08
St James's Gate - Fire brought under control - (Pic: Tony Reddy)
St James's Gate - Fire brought under control - (Pic: Tony Reddy)

Pic: Laura Flynn

Two members of Dublin Fire Brigade are being treated in hospital following a fire at the Guinness brewery site in Dublin.

Watch footage of the fire

11 units of Dublin Fire Brigade and three aerial fire fighting vehicles attended the scene at St James's Gate this afternoon.

The two firefighters are stable condition at St James's Hospital. It is understood that they may have come into contact with ammonia.

The fire broke out in a storage building for empty containers at the lower end of the brewery near the Victoria Quay entrance at 12.10pm.

Repairs were being carried out on the roof of the building, which was partly made of felt.

The area in question was not in regular use and was successfully evacuated. It is believed significant damage was caused to the building.

In a statement, Diageo said production continued elsewhere on the site throughout the incident.

Services on the Luas Red line between Blackhorse and Smithfield are now running as normal following earlier disruption.

Gardaí and Diageo have both launched investigations into the cause of the blaze.