Fire crews at Moneypoint for past two days

Fire crews at Moneypoint for past two days

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File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2016

Firefighters from two stations continue to deal with an incident at the ESB’s power generating station at Moneypoint in West Clare.

Fire crews from Kilrush and Kilkee responded to a small fire at the facility at around 5.00am on Tuesday.

After that fire had been extinguished, Clare County Fire and Rescue Service was requested to provide crews to monitor “elevated temperature levels” in some coal stock.

Firefighters have been working in shifts to monitor the work of ESB crews as they continue the lengthy process of removing coal from the bunker.

It’s expected that the fire service could be at the scene for up to two more days while the ESB works to remove the coal using specialist equipment.

The ESB confirmed: “As part of our risk control measures, we asked the fire services to be on standby at the station whilst this coal was fed to the boiler and when any residual amount is emptied from the bunkers. We expect the process to be completed in the next day or so“.

A Clare County Fire and Rescue Service spokesman confirmed: “Crews from Kilrush and Kilkee were requested to attend a small fire in a coal bunker at around 5.00am on Tuesday. Crews dealt with the fire and at the request of the ESB, have remained on scene to monitor the removal of coal from the area. Our crews could be there until late Friday evening or into Saturday.”

In March fire crews attended a fire at the same facility after the plant’s automatic fire system detected a blaze on a coal conveyer system.

The company later confirmed they had launched an investigation into the incident and that the HSA and the EPA had also been notified.

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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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