Two arrested after Albert Basin blaze

November 20, 2012

By Christine Keighery

Police have arrested two men in connection with a huge blaze which tore through coal storage sheds in Newry’s Albert Basin, last Friday night.  The Albert Basin site is situated between Newry Canal and the Clanrye River, and contains a number of disused storage sheds.

Three fire engines from Newry Fire Station, tackled the fire, which broke out around 10pm, eventually bringing it under control by the early hours of Saturday morning.

SDLP Newry and Armagh MLA, Dominic Bradley commended the Fire and Rescue Service for their efforts.

Speaking from the scene Mr Bradley said:

“I have met police about young people congregating in these sheds – drinking, taking drugs, and starting fires there. The police told me that they would liaise with the land owners, Newry and Mourne District Council with a view to blocking access to the sheds.

“These sheds are extremely dangerous as they still contain coal dust, which is highly combustible.

“Thankfully no one was injured in this fire and I commend the Fire Service for their prompt action in bringing the fire under control.

Mr Bradley added that he had spoken to police who attended the scene, who revealed that two suspects had been arrested and that police expected to make further arrests in relation to the incident.

He appealed to young people to stay away from the area. “Tonight’s incident illustrates the grave dangers to life and limb there and it is only through the grace of God that no one was injured on this occasion.”