Gardaí keep open mind on cause of factory blaze

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Gardaí keep open mind on cause of factory blaze

By Sean O’Riordan

Friday, January 27, 2012

Gardaí say they’re keeping “an open mind” on how a fire started at a former factory in Co Cork.

It took fire brigade crews from three different stations several hours to put out the fire at the former Seafield Technological Textiles factory in Youghal, only for it to re-ignite yesterday.

According to gardaí, smoke was spotted pouring out of the building, which is close to Perks amusements, on the Cork Road, at around 1pm on Wednesday.

Factory blaze: Smoke pouring out of the building. - Photo : Kevin Power

Factory blaze: Smoke pouring out of the building. - Photo : Kevin Power

The emergency services were alerted by a passerby and local fire crews were joined by units from Ardmore and Midleton.

Part of the building was extensively gutted and an asbestos roof caved in.

The fire brigade crews remained at the scene for six hours to continue damping down operations.

However, they were tasked again to the scene yesterday morning after the fire re-ignited.

A garda spokesman said they were awaiting a full report from forensic experts who examined the scene and were trying to determine how the fire was started.

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