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Huge fire at scrap yard near Dublin Airport

Huge fire at scrap yard near Dublin Airport

The fire brigade confirmed on its Twitter account shortly after 9.30am on Wednesday that it was dealing with a plant fire at Sandyhills off the R108 near Dublin airport.

Dublin Airport said the fire is not affecting flights.

There are eight units at the scene of the St Margaret's/Sandyhill plant in the north of the capital.

A massive fire has broken out in a recycling plant beside Dublin Airport.

This was being done with close liaison with the Irish Aviation Authority.

The fire brigade tweeted: "We now have 8 units attending the St Margarets / Sandyhill fire near the airport including aerial ladder & foam unit".

Fingal County Council increased water pressure in the area to help firefighters. "The fire is not on the airport campus and the smoke is not having an impact on airport operations".

But people with breathing difficulties are being advised to avoid the area until the remainder of the smoke plume is gone.

Residents are being urged to keep windows and doors closed.

The fire spread to vehicles outside the shed and fire officers said they had to adopt a "defensive stance" because of the danger of explosion from fuel tanks and oxyacetylene cutting equipment.

Dublin Airport have moved to reassure travelling passengers that the blaze will not impact any departures.

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