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20th Dec 2016

Asbestos May Be Airborne After This Wicklow Warehouse Blaze


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Photo: Gary O’Neil

Local residents in Arklow town, Co Wicklow are being advised to stay indoors after an asbestos-roofed warehouse went on fire yesterday morning.

Locals reported flames coming from the roof and sides of the building after sounds of a “large explosion”, according to The incident occurred at 10am yesterday morning with firefighters from Arklow, Wicklow and Rathdrum rushing to the scene in an effort to control the blaze.

Local businesses were closed and residents were advised to stay indoors and close their windows after it was learned that the warehouse had been constructed with asbestos, with the fumes releasing this toxic chemical into the air.

The blaze continued all day with the fire eventually brought under control at 4pm, although emergency services stayed at the scene to monitor the ongoing situation.

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