THERE were dramatic scenes at Stryker’s factory in Limerick’s Raheen Industrial Estate this morning after a fire broke out.
Production has been halted at the medical manufacture factory, which employs close to 700 people, after a machine caught fire at around 10.30am.
The blaze started after titanium rods used in the manufacture of knee replacements caught fire.
Five units of the fire and rescue service alongside four support vehicles were quickly on the scene. The fire had been kept under control thanks to a sprinkler system in the factory.
The plant was evacuated and staff watched the incident unfold from designated assembly points around the building.
Around 25 fire service staff used safety lights and breathing apparatus in teams.
It is understood there has been extensive smoke damage at the factory, although no injuries have been reported.
As of now, it is unclear how long production will be halted because of the fire.