Blaze will burn for days, say firefighters

A fire at a recycling facility in Londonderry will burn for several days as firefighters are unable to reach the seat of the blaze, the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service has said.

The blaze is at Brickkiln Enviroparc on Electra Road, Maydown.

Flames from the fire, that broke out at the former Brickkiln recycling plant in Campsie

Flames from the fire, that broke out at the former Brickkiln recycling plant in Campsie

A spokesman said: “Due to the intensity of the fire, the nature of the building and material inside it, this is going to be a protracted incident. The building is approximately 50m x 30m and contained bales of recyclable domestic rubbish.

“Due to the compact nature of how the bales were stacked within the building, the water is running off the surface of the bales and is not currently reaching the seat of the fire within the building.”

Firefighters cannot enter the building as it is structurally unsafe, he added.

“Currently, there is a large smoke plume coming from the fire and the advice to householders and premises in the area is to keep windows and doors closed.”

Flames from the fire, that broke out this morning, at the former Brickkiln recycling plant in Campsie .

Flames from the fire, that broke out this morning, at the former Brickkiln recycling plant in Campsie .

Windy conditions are forecast and people need to be vigilant, he added.