Fire crews deal with blaze at E6 plant in Shannon

Fire crews deal with blaze at E6 plant in Shannon

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Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015

A section of a production facility in Co Clare was evacuated early this morning following a fire.

The blaze broke out at around 3.30am at the Element 6 facility in the Shannon Free Zone. The company, part of the De Beers group, manufactures synthetic diamond super-materials for a range of industries.

Shannon fire service was initially sent to investigate an automatic fire alarm at the plant. On arrival at the scene, crews quickly established there was a fire and found that a number of staff had already been evacuated.

Fire crews wearing breathing apparatus entered the building to investigate and establish the seriousness of the blaze. Soon afterwards, additional resources were requested and an appliance and crew were mobilised from Ennis.

Firefighters brought the fire under control and prevented it from spreading. Crews remained at the scene for a time, using specialist fans to clear the building of smoke.

A machine and a nearby extraction system are understood to have been damaged. No one was injured in the incident and the fire is understood to have started accidentally.

Once the scene had been declared safe, workers were allowed back into the building.

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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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