Police arrest two after huge fire engulfs Albert Basin building

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Friday, November 16th, 2012
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A huge fire has engulfed a building at Albert Basin, Newry (beside the Quays) tonight. Three fire engines are on the scene at the minute tackling the blaze.

The Fire Service attend the blaze. (Photo courtesy of Kevin Cranney)

The Albert Basin site is situated between the Clanrye River and Newry Canal and Newry and Mourne District Council – who own the land – advertised the site for sale in March 2010.

SDLP MLA for Newry and Armagh, Dominic Bradley, said he believed the fire was at an old coal storage shed at the middle bank of Albert Basin.

Speaking exclusively to Newry Times, 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. I understand from speaking to police that two people have been arrested and that police expect to make further arrests.

Bradley added, “I would appeal 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.

More to follow.


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