Scrapyard blaze enquiry under way

by Gazette Reporter
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Dublin Fire Brigade

Four houses were evacuated following an overnight fire in Swords earlier this week, after a blaze broke out in a scrapyard on the Old Swords Road.

The fire, which broke out at the Boland’s car dismantlers on Nevinstown Lane, is believed to have started just before midnight on Sunday, October 7, and continued until the early hours of Monday morning.

According to a spokesperson for the Dublin Fire Brigade, eight units of the fire department were called to the scene and the fire was extinguished by 3am.

“We got the call just before midnight and we had approximately eight units in attendance during the timeframe. Because of the nature of the fire, it required a large attendance,” she said.

According to recent media reports, the scrapyard was believed to have contained a number of petroleum-based chemicals, as well as gas cylinders, which were feared to have been affected by the fire.

It was confirmed by the spokesperson for Dublin Fire Brigade, however, that the cylinders did not go on fire but, due to “standard procedure”, it was necessary for the fire crew and An Garda Siochana to evacuate the area surrounding the site.

The spokesperson explained: “We were there to ensure that the blaze was put out and there was no leakage around the site. The fire was put out fairly quick that morning but because of the cylinders that were there, they had to be cooled so the fire brigade remained in attendance.”

Four houses to the rear of the scrapyard were evacuated during the blaze, while gardai closed the Old Swords Road between the Cloghran roundabout and the Airside Industrial Estate Junction, while the fire crew remained at the scene.

The road was closed following the advice of the chief fire officer in charge on the day and traffic diversions were put in place. AA Road Watch, Dublin Bus and all road users were made aware of the road closures in the two days following the fire.

The cause of the fire is still unknown and is currently under investigation.

“The matter is under investigation and it will be between Dublin Fire Brigade and An Garda Siochana, after that we can’t really say much more. We don’t really comment on live investigations,” said a spokesperson for the gardai.

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