Investigation to be undertaken into fire onboard LÉ Niamh

Investigation to be undertaken into fire onboard LÉ Niamh

Cork City Fire Service attending a ship fire in Rushbrook Dockyard today with Cork County Fire Service. Image: Cork City Fire Service.

An investigation is to be undertaken into a fire onboard the LÉ Niamh today.

Fire crews were alerted to the incident at the LÉ Niamh (P52) docked alongside Cork Dockyard in Rushbrook just before 12.30pm. 

Units of the fire service from Cobh, Midleton, and Cork City attended at the incident.

A spokesperson for the Defence Forces told the Echo that there are no reports of injury to naval service personnel or Cork Dockyard staff.

"While a full investigation into the cause of the fire will be conducted, it is thought to have started in a stores compartment adjacent to where cutting work was being carried out by engineers," the spokesperson said.

"The ships Duty Watch responded to the alarm and carried out first aid firefighting to contain the fire and prevent any spread. The scene has now been handed over to Cobh Local Area Fire Brigade,” 

This evening, Cork County Fire Service confirmed in a tweet that the fire has now been successfully extinguished saying there had been "great interagency work" between agencies including the Coast Guard, Port of Cork, the National Ambulance Service, An Garda Siochana, Cork County Council and the Doyle Shipping Group. 

In a seperate tweet, Cork City Fire Service said crews had a busy day today. 

"Busy day for crews today, Ballyvolane and Headquarters dealt with a House Fire this morning in the Wellington Road area.

Headquarters also have been in attendance with @corkcountyfire at a ship fire in Rushbrook Dockyard in Cobh."

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