Latest: Residents near Port of Cork advised to stay indoors as firefighters deal with major blaze at grain store

Latest: Residents near Port of Cork advised to stay indoors as firefighters deal with major blaze at grain store

Firefighters deal with a major fire at Port of Cork, Ringasiddy, Co Cork on Saturday morning.

LATEST: Residents in the Ringaskiddy area have been warned to remain indoors and to keep windows and doors shut, with large amounts of smoke from a fire at the Port of Cork expected to affect the area this afternoon. 

The fire at a grain store at the Port of Cork has been brought under control by fire crews but it is still burning and firefighters are expected to be there for several more hours. 

Fire crews from Carrigaline, Crosshaven and Midleton responded this morning to tackle the blaze, which has resulted in huge plumes of black smoke in the harbour area. 

The smell of smoke reached as far as Myrtleville.

EARLIER: A MAJOR fire in Cork harbour has been brought under control but fire crews will remain at the scene for several hours.

Units of the Cork Fire Brigade on the scene of the huge blaze at a grain store in Ringaskiddy, Cork. Picture Dan Linehan
Units of the Cork Fire Brigade on the scene of the huge blaze at a grain store in Ringaskiddy, Cork. Picture Dan Linehan

The fire broke out in a grain store belonging to R&H Hall in Ringaskiddy and the alarm was raised at 8.43am. 

Fire crews from Carrigaline, Crosshaven and Midleton tackled the blaze, which resulted in huge plumes of black smoke in the harbour area. The smell of smoke reached as far as Myrtleville.

A spokeswoman for the Port of Cork said: "The Port of Cork can confirm that a fire which broke out at a grain storage facility on the Ringaskiddy Deepwater Berth this morning is now under control and there are no reports of any casualties."

 Fire at the deep water port in Ringaskiddy, Cork. Picture Dan Linehan
Fire at the deep water port in Ringaskiddy, Cork. Picture Dan Linehan

She continued: "Emergency services remain on site to monitor the area.

"As a precaution, all ship operations in Ringaskiddy have been suspended until further notice."

The site was evacuated when the fire broke out and local residents were asked to close windows and doors.

 

The spokeswoman said the fire crews will remain at the scene to ensure that the fire remains under control.

 Units of the Cork Fire Brigade on the scene of the huge blaze at a grain store in Ringaskiddy, Cork. Picture Dan Linehan
Units of the Cork Fire Brigade on the scene of the huge blaze at a grain store in Ringaskiddy, Cork. Picture Dan Linehan

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