Portarlington residents sad to see Avon plant go up in flames

News of the Avon fire spread around Port nearly as quickly as the fire at the factory, with residents coming out of their houses at 2am to watch.

News of the Avon fire spread around Port nearly as quickly as the fire at the factory, with residents coming out of their houses at 2am to watch.

The next morning many came up to Canal Road to see what was left.

“It is sad to see it gone. It was waiting to happen, unfortunately. Why did they have to put up these fences, to keep people out, and they were still getting in,” said one local lady.

“There was no electricity and it is all boarded up so I would imagine it was malicious,” her daughter said.

Two sisters whose mother lives in St Brigid’s Square, both want the factory demolished.

“It’s very sad but to be honest it’s an eyesore. It would be great if they knocked it down and got rid of it, it’s a hazard. Look at it, it only attracts vandalism, it will never be used for anything,” one said.

“People were terrified in st Brigid’s, afraid something would explode. They were picking up ashes, big chunks of it,” the other sister said.

One onlooker who lives the far side of the GAA grounds could hear the fire from his back garden.

“It was blazing fire. A layer of ash fell,” he said.