Firefighters fight fire at scrap recycling plant, warn local residents to close windows and doors

Limerick Fire and Rescue has asked people to do that
Limerick Fire and Rescue has asked people to "avoid the area" (Photo: Twitter / LimerickFire)

Firefighters will "work hard for many hours" with a huge fire at a scrap recycling plant in Limerick.

The fire broke out at the United Metals trade center on Ballysimon Road, shortly after 8 pm on Monday evening.

Large plumes of smoke could be seen wavy from the area, miles away.

Limerick City and County Fire Service, responding to the fire, asked people near the fire to close their doors and windows as a health and safety measure. They wrote online; "100ft Bronto Aerial Appliance together with Green Watch Crews will work hard for several more hours, please avoid the area."

A spokesperson for the headquarters of Munster Fire Control said it received an alarm of around eighteen minutes around a fire at the company United Metals, Ballysimon Road, Limerick.

Nine fire engines were sent to tackle the fire.

United Metals has been active since 2010 and is involved in the export of all purchased materials directly to the international markets.

It also works from a location in Limerick Docks, where it recycles waste sent to factories around the world.

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