The fire at the industrial premises at Carnbane, Newry. Photograph: Joe McClelland
The fire at the industrial premises at Carnbane, Newry. Photograph: Joe McClelland

Fire crews continue to deal with a fire inside a warehouse dealing with wood products at a large industrial unit at Carnbane in Newry.

At least 38 firefighters worked through the night, after the alarm was raised around 2am.

It’s thought the operation will continue throughout today as wood products continue to smoulder.

Fire crews on the scene at Carnbane in Newry. Photograph: Columba O'Hare
Fire crews on the scene at Carnbane in Newry. Photograph: Columba O'Hare

Two aerial appliances are still on the scene as well as several fire appliances and pumps.

Significant damage has been caused to the premises. 

The fire at an industrial premises at Carnbane, Newry. Photograph: Columba O'Hare
The fire at an industrial premises at Carnbane, Newry. Photograph: Columba O'Hare
The fire at the industrial premises at Carnbane, Newry. Photograph: Joe McClelland
The fire at the industrial premises at Carnbane, Newry. Photograph: Joe McClelland

Commenting on the fire, Newry City Councillor Charlie Casey stated "Fire crews have remained at Carnbane Industrial Estate as there are concerns about the stability of the building.

"Once again our Fire & Rescue Service have  played a significant role in protecting people & property. They and all our Emergency Services deserve our utmost appreciation and respect"

MLA Justin McNulty paid tribute to the firefighters from Newry, Armagh, Ballynahinch and Clogher and expressed his relief that they have the fire under control and no other property has been damaged.

"I want to pay tribute to all involved in fighting the blaze.  My thoughts are also with property owners and  the business owners. Forest Wood, the business owner have been in business for over forty years, a company specialising in timber importation.  This incident has caused much devastation to the facility however haven spoken with the businesses owner today I am pleased to confirm that no jobs will be impacted by the fire.  I hope they’ll be back operational at this facility in the very near future."

The MLA added "I attended a mulit-agency meeting on site this morning, with representatives of the Council, Department of Infrasture and the PSNI.  Their joined up efforts have ensured as little disruption as possible. During the height of the blaze, the Fire Service had to overcome the freezing, sub-zero conditions and pump water some distance from the Canal."