Latest: Fire service fear Christmas tree blaze was set deliberately

Latest: Fire service fear Christmas tree blaze was set deliberately
A screengrab from a clip of the fire in the Togher area. Picture Credit: @CorkSafetyAlert Twitter account.

It is feared that a fire in the city, which was dealt with by Cork City Fire Service this evening, may have been set deliberately

At 5:30pm the fire service was dispatched to the scene on Clashduv Road, which is an official site for the disposal of old Christmas trees.

Social media videos showed a fire raging, however Third Officer Ger Ryan told The Echo that it looked much worse than it was. 

The fire was still ablaze when officers got there, but was quickly brought under control.

"It looked spectacular for the first few minutes because the Christmas trees were so dry and brittle," he said.

"Unfortunately this weekend and next weekend, when everyone's taking down their Christmas trees, they'll be dumping them there. It is an official drop site for Christmas trees and it's situated away from everything.

"To be quite honest, unfortunately, someone probably set fire to them. There is nothing around that can cause it to go on fire so it's probably malicious," he added.

Earlier: Fire services are dealing with an incident in the Togher area of the city.

One unit was dispatched to the scene on the Clashduv Road at 5:30pm this evening.

It’s understood the fire occurred near the bottle bank, which is adjacent to a Christmas tree collection point.

A screengrab from a clip of the fire in the Togher area. Picture Credit: @CorkSafetyAlert Twitter account.
A screengrab from a clip of the fire in the Togher area. Picture Credit: @CorkSafetyAlert Twitter account.

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