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Industrial premises gutted in overnight inferno

The owners of a Newry timber importation business whose premises were gutted in a massive fire on Friday last have vowed to begin trading again as soon as possible and confirmed that no jobs will be lost as a result.

Almost forty firefighters tackled the inferno at the Forest Wood premises in Carnbane Industrial Estate, which broke out around 2.00am on Friday morning.  The operation involved four fire appliances, two aerial appliances and a high volume pumping appliance and, at one stage, water was pumped from Newry Canal to help extinguish the flames.  Fire crews battled throughout the night to put out the blaze and remained on-site until late Friday evening due to concerns over the stability of the building in the aftermath.

SDLP MLA Justin McNulty visited the scene and praised the work of the Fire and Rescue Service: “I want to pay tribute to all involved in fighting the blaze. My thoughts are also with property owners and the business owners,” he said.

Mr McNulty said Forest Wood has been in business for more than forty years and, although the incident has caused much devastation to the facility, its owner has confirmed that “no jobs will be impacted”.

Firefighters tackle Carnbane Industrial Estate blaze

“I hope they’ll be back operational at this facility in the very near future,” he added.

 Sinn Féin Councillor Charlie Casey also commended the work of the fire crews who attended the scene: “Once again our Fire and Rescue Service have played a significant role in protecting people and property. They and all our emergency services deserve our utmost appreciation and respect,” he said.

A NIFRS spokesperson confirmed that the cause of the fire is still under investigation.