Clare fire crews mobilised to second major blaze in Limerick

Clare fire crews mobilised to second major blaze in Limerick

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The fire broke out in a paper shredding facility in the Raheen Industrial Estate – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

Fire crews from Shannon were mobilised to assist colleagues from Limerick city and county at a second major blaze in less than 24 hours.

A fire and several explosions were reported this morning at a facility in the Raheen Industrial Estate on the outskirts of the city. The alarm was raised at around 11.40am with units of Limerick City Fire Service first being mobilised.

One person sustained minor injuries following one of several explosions at the DGD paper shredding company. The building has also sustained some structural damage.

On arrival at the scene, fire officers requested additional resources to help tackle the blaze. These included a hydraulic platform and incident command unit from Shannon Town.

Yesterday, fire crews from Shannon assisted with a major blaze at a scrap metal facility on the Ballysimon Road in Limerick. No one was injured in that incident.

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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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