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.
Plumes of smoke from the fire. pic.twitter.com/XfjvjvAPdp— Larry Cummins (@LarryCpix) January 9, 2021
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.
A MAJOR fire in Cork harbour has been brought under control but fire crews will remain at the scene for several hours.
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."
She continued: "Emergency services remain on site to monitor the area.
The site was evacuated when the fire broke out and local residents were asked to close windows and doors.
Video footage of the fire in the Ringaskiddy area. pic.twitter.com/LGjs5t64yt— Cork Safety Alerts (@CorkSafetyAlert) January 9, 2021
Can be seen from city. pic.twitter.com/dq5HT0cVV6— Peter C Murphy (@PeterCMurphy1) January 9, 2021
Ambulance and Fire Brigade are now on scene tackling the blaze in Ringaskiddy. According to @RingaskiddyRA, Hall's Grain Stores is what is on fire. Residents have been advised to keep windows and doors closed. pic.twitter.com/tL4ug9kmX5— Cork Safety Alerts (@CorkSafetyAlert) January 9, 2021
The spokeswoman said the fire crews will remain at the scene to ensure that the fire remains under control.