Maydown Fire: Five fire engines still at scene

Flames from the fire, that broke out on Wednesday morning at the former Brickkiln recycling plant in Campsie . DER4615GS024

Flames from the fire, that broke out on Wednesday morning at the former Brickkiln recycling plant in Campsie . DER4615GS024

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Five Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) appliances are still at the scene of a fire that engulfed a former recycling plant last week.

The fire broke out at the site of Brickkiln Enviroparc on the Electra Road in Maydown last Wednesday morning.

Scene of the huge fire that broke out at the former Brickkiln recycling plant in Campsie. DER4615GS022

Scene of the huge fire that broke out at the former Brickkiln recycling plant in Campsie. DER4615GS022

It took more than 40 fire fighters to bring the blaze under control.

A spokesperson for the NIFRS said although the severity of the fire had reduced, residents were still being urged to keep windows closed.

“The fire-fighting operation has continued over the weekend and the fire is now significantly reduced with a much reduced smoke plume as a result,” said the NIFRS spokesperson.

“As of Monday November 16 NIFRS has five fire appliances currently on site including one High Volume Pump, one Aerial Appliance and a Welfare POD. A contractor is on site removing unprocessed waste and NIFRS is continuing to deal with the fire that remains. NIFRS will also maintain a presence on site overnight.”

The spokesperson went on to say that the cause of the fire remains under investigation.

“Although the smoke plume from the fire has decreased in size, NIFRS continues to advise householders and premises in the area to keep windows and doors closed. Windy conditions remain on the weather forecast and people need to be vigilant to a change in wind direction, keeping windows and doors closed.

“NIFRS are still working closely with the site owners, contractors, NI Environment Agency, PSNI, Public Health Agency, Northern Ireland Electricity and Derry City and Strabane District Council in the ongoing management of this incident. NIFRS continues to thank the local community in the area for their understanding as fire fighters deal with this incident.

“The cause of the fire remains under investigation.”