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06 Jul 2022

UPDATE: Fire safely extinguished next to rural Portlaoise home

UPDATE:  Fire safely extinguished next to rural Portlaoise home

Laois fire service confirmed details of a fire that sent black plumes of smoke into the air near Portlaoise on Wednesday night, August 18.

Portlaoise and Mountmellick fire crews responded to a fire in the Knocknagroagh area at 7.26pm. By 11pm the incident was dealt with, a spokesperson confirmed to the Leinster Express.

"The incident involved a fire in a building in proximity to another building. On arrival, the crews quickly controlled the fire and prevented potential fire spread from one building to another."

Potential exploding risks such as gas cylinders were removed they said.

"In general, most buildings accommodate potential risks like cylinders / projectiles . However the crews, with assistance from the building owners, identified all such risks and put the necessary control measures in place to prevent potential injury to any person in and around the site," the Laois County Fire & Rescue Service said.

In response to the extra traffic that gathered on roads near the fire to view it, they urged people to stay well back in such incidents.

"As always we encourage people, not directly involved with the emergency response, to keep well back from the incident location and follow all signage and cordons but in place by the emergency service personnel."

The fire service lastly urges the public to check their smoke alarms.

"Finally, we encourage all people reading this to test their smoke detectors each and every week. For more information regarding fire safety in the home  visit https://laois.ie/departments/ fire-rescue/fire-safety-in- the-home/ to view / print out free fire safety in the home leaflets."

Watch our video as the fire crews fought the fire below.

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