By Oliver Hall
A massive blaze at a tyres depot in Londonderry has been extinguished more than two days after it started.
At the height of the inferno more than 10,000 tyres were burning and it took 41 fire fighters to bring the flames under control.
The blaze started just after midnight on Monday at the depot in the Pennyburn Industrial Estate.
People living nearby were advised to keep their windows closed because of toxic fumes given off by the burning tyres.
Station Commander Kevin Lynch of the Fire Service said it had been a long and difficult task to put out the blaze.
He said: “Tyres are very hard to put out, especially the way they were packed with up to 100 tyres in each bale.
“We had to basically pull all the tyres out with a mechanical digger and subsequently demolish the building – that’s how we managed to get in to get the fire extinguished.
“Because of the fierceness of the fire, the brickwork had become unstable which resulted in huge health and safety implications for our crews.
“It was a lot of effort.”