Shannon Fire Service assisting at Limerick blaze

Shannon Fire Service assisting at Limerick blaze


Fire crews from Shannon are assisting stations from Limerick city and county at a major industrial fire.

The blaze, at the Clearcircle Environmental scrap metal facility on the Ballysimon Road in Limerick City, was reported at around 2.50pm.

Units of Limerick City Fire Service initially responded to the call however additional resources were soon requested. A water tanker from Cappamore in Limerick and a hydraulic platform from Shannon responded to the call.

Fire personnel from Shannon also assisted at the scene – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

Additional fire appliances from Rathkeale and Kilmallock were later sent to the scene.

A large plume of black smoke could be seen from as far away as Shannon Airport and Newport in Tipperary.

It’s also understood that fire crews requested two additional water tankers to attend the incident because of serious water pressure issues in the area.

A series of small explosions could be heard in the area during the afternoon while the fire is expected to burn for several hours.


Staff and Gardaí at the scene this afternoon – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017
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.