Residents urged to close windows after blaze at recycling plant

Dublin Fire Brigade has said a fire at a vehicle recycling centre beside Dublin Airport is under control but residents have been advised to close their windows this evening.

The DFB was called to the plant at around 9am after a fire started in a shed at the facility on St Margaret's Road - writes

The fire spread to vehicles outside and firefighters had to adopt a defensive stance because of the danger of explosion from fuel tanks and oxyacetylene cutting equipment.

A drone was used to assess the situation before proceeding.

Eight units were deployed and a foam tender from the Dublin Airport Fire Brigade also gave assistance.

Fingal County Council increased water pressure in the area to help firefighters and the DFBalso brought out a water tender.

Station Officer John McNally from Finglas Fire Station said the fire was small when firefighters arrived but quickly developed.Small pockets of fire remained until the fire was totally extinguished.

A number of people who were working at the plant were evacuated but no injuries were reported.

Dublin Airport saidthe smoke did not having an impact on airport operations.

An expert on air quality has warned that people in the area should keep their windows closed and postpone exercise this evening.

Assistant Professor in Environment Systems Modelling at Trinity College Dublin, John Gallagher, told RTÉ News that although the fire has been brought under control, pollution from the black plume of smoke emitted by the fire may still linger in the area.

He said there could be elevated levels onNitrogen Dioxide, dioxins and particulate pollution still in the area.

A birds eye view of the fire this morning for anyone interested. #fire #dublin

— Colin Hunt (@Hunty_C) January 10, 2018

There is a fire in St Margaret's near the airport. The fire is not on the airport campus and the smoke is not having an impact on airport operations.

— Dublin Airport (@DublinAirport) January 10, 2018

The fire in St Margarets is now under control. Some units will be released from the scene shortly, however some will remain to dampen down any hot spots. We would still advise any residents in the surrounding area to keep their windows closed. #Dublin #Fire

— Dublin Fire Brigade (@DubFireBrigade) January 10, 2018

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