Fire services trying to contain major fire at Dublin recycling plant

Monday 27 January 2014 14.13
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Firefighters say given the nature and extent of the blaze, the fire could last all day
Firefighters say given the nature and extent of the blaze, the fire could last all day
There are no reports of any injuries from the scene on the Ballymount Road
There are no reports of any injuries from the scene on the Ballymount Road
The Oxigen recycling plant at the Merrywell Industrial Estate has been badly damaged in the blaze
The Oxigen recycling plant at the Merrywell Industrial Estate has been badly damaged in the blaze
A plume of smoke is leading to poor visibility in the area
A plume of smoke is leading to poor visibility in the area

Dublin Fire Brigade is continuing to tackle a major blaze at a recycling plant in the west of the city.

The fire began shortly after 3am at the Oxigen facility on the Ballymount Road.

Up to 14 units of the fire services have been involved in efforts to bring the blaze under control. 

A number of small explosions were heard overnight as the fire spread at the Merrywell Industrial Estate.

A spokesperson for Oxigen said none of its staff were injured as a result of the blaze. Around 120 people are employed at the site.

The Oxigen premises was completely destroyed along with three refuse trucks, however the majority of the company's fleet was moved to safety.

The company said it will be business as usual for customers on Monday morning.

A spokesperson for the Dublin Fire Brigade said it will be tackling the "intensive fire" for the rest of the day.

Bales of cardboard, wood and plastic are still burning and large plumes of smoke are continuing to billow across parts of the city.

Scene inspectors from the Environmental Protection Agency are on site and monitoring the situation.

Gardaí and the EPA are warning members of the public to keep windows and doors closed due to the toxic nature of the burning material and strong winds.

AA Roadwatch is advising motorists to drive with extra care but said the blaze is not affecting nearby M50 traffic.

Separately, three units of Dublin Fire Brigade have attended the scene of a blaze at the Robinhood Road in Dublin 22.

The fire broke out at around 3.38am damaging a number of trucks.