Limerick recycling factory fire under control
Fire broke out at the United Metals scrap metal recycling factory on Monday night
Limerick City and County Fire Service responded to the blaze. Photograph: @LimerickFire Twitter account
A massive fire which broke out at a scrap metal recycling factory in Limerick on Monday night has been contained.
The fire broke out at the United Metals commercial premises on the Ballysimon Road shortly after 8pm.
Large plumes of smoke could be seen billowing from the area, for miles around.
Limerick City and County Fire Service, which responded to the blaze, asked people living in the vicinity of the fire to close their doors and windows as a health and safety precaution.
A spokesperson at the Munster Fire Control headquarters said it received a 999 alert around 8.18pm about a fire at the United Metals company, Ballysimon Road, Limerick.
Nine fire trucks were dispatched to tackle the blaze.
United Metals has been operating since 2010 and is involved in exporting all materials bought, directly into the international markets.
It also operates from a site at Limerick Docks where it recycles waste which is shipped to mills all over the world.