Photos released by Carrigaline Fire and Rescue reveal the devastation caused by the blaze which engulfed the R&H Hall facility at the Port of Cork.

The fire, which broke out on Saturday morning, 9 January, caused a huge plume of smoke to rise above the Ringaskiddy Deepwater Berth, and was sighted approximately 15km away in Midleton.

Plume of smoke rising over Ringaskiddy. \ Cork Harbour Weather

Extensive damage was caused to the 30,000t facility which is mainly used as a buffer store to enable the unloading of ships. Raw materials for animal feed such as soya beans, hulls, gluten and distillers among others are stored at the site.

Emergency response

Fire crews from Crosshaven, Carrigaline, Midleton and Cobh all attended the blaze over the weekend.

In a statement, Carrigaline Fire and Rescue reported that most of the internal fires had been extinguished on Sunday evening, 10 January.

The majority of the contents of the stores have been lost for use as feed, adding further to the current supply difficulties for some animal feed ingredients.

\Carrigaline Fire and Rescue

No casualties

Minister for Agriculture Charlie McConalogue praised the efforts of the authorities who attended the blaze.

“I commend the speed and skill of the emergency services in bringing this fire under control. It’s heartening to see no reported casualties. I will be engaging with authorities on site in the coming days,” he said.

Officials associated with the R&H Hall also thanked the emergency services and the Port of Cork team for their quick response to the incident.

“We would also like to apologise to local residents, neighbouring businesses and our customers for any inconvenience caused by the incident,” a spokesperson said.

\Carrigaline Fire and Rescue

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