The massive blaze at a tyres depot on the outskirts of Derry has finally been put out – four days after it started.
The fire service said tackling the inferno had been a “mammoth task” and the cost of the operation is expected to run into tens of thousands of pounds.
Fire-fighters have been battling the blaze since Sunday night at the site in Eglinton. At one point more than 16 appliances and 70 fire-fighters fought to being the blaze under control.
It is thought as many as half a million tyres were being stored at the depot, and it has emerged that a criminal investigation was underway before the fire broke out to discover why so many tyres were being stored at the premises.
The site, which was sub-let, did not have the licence required by environmental law to store a large number of tyres.
An investigation will now begin into whether the fire was started deliberately.
Denna Bowman, Head Office