Fire at milk factory in Ballaghaderreen “potentially extremely dangerous”

Roscommon’s fire officer has described the blaze at a milk factory in Ballaghaderreen last night as ‘potentially extremely serious’.

About 25 firemen from four units were called to the Aurivo plant at the Circular Road and spent several hours bringing it under control.

Eoghan Murphy reports:

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Shortly before 11 o’clock last night, a large explosion was heard in the town of Ballaghaderreen and the fire service was immediately called to the Aurivo plant, which is located on the outskirts of the town.

The explosion occurred in the large silo or drier where liquid milk is turned into powder. A window was broken and a large fire broke out.

The Ballaghaderreen fire brigade were assisted by units from Boyle, Charlestown and Ballyhaunis and were at the scene until about 4am, bringing it under control and cooling down the area.

One fireman says if it wasn’t for the significant efforts of the firemen, the ‘place could have been destroyed’.

Speaking to Shannonside FM this afternoon, Roscommon’s chief fire officer, John Keane, described the blaze as ‘potentially extremely serious’.

Some damage was caused to the large drying equipment in the factory, but there was no significant damage to the building itself.

Staff were working in the factory at the time of the explosion and fire, but no one was injured.