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.
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.
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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.