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Damage fears Emergency services rush to scene after major fire breaks out at Glenisk plant in Offaly

Gardaí are also advising people living near the factory to close their windows due to smoke.

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A very large fire has broken out at the Glenisk plant in Killeigh, Co Offaly this afternoon.

Emergency services including many fire brigade units, gardaí and units of the National Ambulance are at the scene as black smoke could be seen pouring from the facility from quite a distance.

It is believed extensive damage has been caused to the factory.

The road between Killeigh and Annaharvey has been closed as a result of the blaze and gardaí are advising people to avoid the area.

Gardaí are also advising people living near the factory to close their windows due to smoke.

The company’s spokesperson said: “Glenisk confirms a serious fire this lunchtime at our manufacturing facility at Newtown, Killeigh, Co Offaly.

“There were approximately 50 employees on site at the time and everyone was evacuated safely.

“For now the priority is to ensure the safety of our colleagues. We will assess the damage and move forward. We extend our heartfelt thanks to the emergency services.”

A spokesperson for Offaly Fire and Rescue Service said firefighters “are currently dealing with a substantial fire at Glenisk Organic Dairy, Newtown, Killeigh, Co Offaly, which has resulted in damage to the plant.

“Fire brigade units from Tullamore, Edenderry, Clara and Portarlington are in attendance and 34 firefighters are currently battling the blaze.

“The area should be avoided by the public while firefighting operations continue.

“The public in the surrounding area are advised to remain in doors and close windows and doors.”


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