The Tippo International furniture factory located outside Nenagh, Co Tipperary, has been completely destroyed in a fire overnight.

While the blaze has been brought under control, fire units are maintaining a presence at the factory, and approach roads remain closed.

The fire broke out shortly before 7pm yesterday. The owners of the factory, who live next door, alerted the fire services.

The blaze spread quickly and up to 11 fire units from Nenagh, Thurles and Roscrea fought the fire overnight. It was finally brought under control this morning.

The factory which employs over 60 people from the locality makes vinyl wrapped PVC kitchen cabinet and wardrobe doors.

Its not clear how the fire started but an investigation by the fire services and gardaí is under way.

Managing director of Tippo Paddy Martin said all at the factory and his family are devastated by the fire at the premises last night.

In a statement Mr Martin thanked the Tipperary Fire and Rescue Service for extinguishing the fire. He also said he is grateful that there were no injuries or loss of life.

He said Tippo has been producing products for the Irish and UK market since 1990 and will continue to do so in the years to come.

He said the company had already identified alternative premises for production and is beginning actions to restart limited production within the next week.

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