Fears over explosion at Limerick warehouse spark dramatic scenes

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

THERE were dramatic scenes in the Ballysimon Road area of the city this Wednesday evening as fire crews fought to control a blaze at a warehouse on Bengal Terrace amid fears of a major explosion.

THERE were dramatic scenes in the Ballysimon Road area of the city this Wednesday evening as fire crews fought to control a blaze at a warehouse on Bengal Terrace amid fears of a major explosion.

Six units of the fire service from Limerick city and two from Cappamore and Rathkeale were deployed at the scene of the fire at Railway House near Mount Saint Lawrence cemetery.

The alarm was raised shortly before 4.30pm and smoke could be seen bellowing over the site for several hours afterwards as fire crews tackled the blaze.

There was concern for a short time that a number of gas cylinders at the warehouse may have contained the chemical compound, Acetylene, which is highly explosive and volatile. However, a spokesperson for the fire service has confirmed that no Acetylene was found.

A spokesperson for Henry Street Garda Station said the immediate area was evacuated and that a number of roads in the area were closed to traffic as a precaution.

Rail services between Colbert Station and Dublin were also affected for a time as the fire broke out near the railway line.

Investigations are continuing into the cause of the fire.

For more pictures see the Limerick Leader, city edition