THERE are fears that a major fire in the city on Tuesday night might have been maliciously set and CCTV in the area is being checked by investigators.
Aidan McDonnell of Pat McDonnell Paints has paid tribute to Cork City Fire Brigade, after they dealt with what was the second fire in a matter of weeks near McDonnell’s Bachelors Quay location.
Four fire brigade units and an aerial platform were needed to get the blaze, in an abandoned warehouse, under control, at approximately 10pm on Tuesday.
Mr McDonnell went down to the premises himself, as soon as he heard about the fire, and was hugely impressed with the emergency response.
“I would like to say a huge thanks to the fire brigade, for their outstanding efforts,” he told the Evening Echo. “They had the fire under control very quickly and then worked to ensure it was fully extinguished.
“We were able to open, as usual, on Wednesday morning, with just a very small amount of smoke damage and thanks to all our customers for their support,” he added.
He also paid tribute to the gardaí, who sealed off nearby roads and evacuated neighbouring buildings.
Once the building was made safe, the fire brigade turned it over to the gardaí for forensic examination and they have launched an investigation.
There was another fire there in May and local residents are concerned that the warehouse is being accessed by drug-users and others.
The emergency services are particularly concerned by the fires, because of the city centre location and the proximity to the paint store.
A garda source told the Evening Echo there are fears that the fire was deliberately set.