Maydown Fire: Warning issued to Strathfoyle residents

Flames coming from a business premises in Derry.
Flames coming from a business premises in Derry.

The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) has warned people living in the Strathfoyle area to close windows and doors after the smoke plume that continues to rise from the fire at Brickkiln Enviroparc started to move in their direction on Tuesday evening.

A spokesperson for NIFRS confirmed fire fighters would remain at the site of the fire until it is fully extinguished. It is believed the operation could last for several more days.

“The fire fighting operation continues and due to the change in wind direction the smoke plume is now blowing towards the Strathfoyle area. NIFRS would ask members of the local community living in the area to close their windows and doors until the plume clears. Fire-fighters will remain on site over the next few days, until the fire is fully extinguished.

The spokesperson added:

“NIFRS are still working closely with the site owners, contractors, NI Environment Agency, Police Service of Northern Ireland, Public Health Agency, Northern Ireland Electricity and Derry City and Strabane District Council in the ongoing management of this incident. Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service 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.”

The fire broke out at the site of the waste recycling plant last Wednesday morning and it took more than 40 fire fighters to bring the blaze under control.