Business as usual despite fire at Mallusk plant

An investigation is underway to determine the cause of a huge blaze which ripped through a Co Antrim-based waste management facility.

The fire started at a self-contained storage facility adjacent to ISL Waste Management main facility on Central Park around 8.30pm on Sunday.

Firefighters battle the blaze at ISL Waste Management, Mallusk

Firefighters battle the blaze at ISL Waste Management, Mallusk

Around 50 firefighters battled through the night to bring the flames under control.

Eleven appliances - including an aerial appliance and a high volume pump - were in attendance.

The fire was still burning this morning, but the NI Fire and Rescue Service tweeted that the situation was “under control”.

It is understood the affected building contained paper, plastics and cardboard that was being stored before it was sent out to be recycled.

Fire fighters tackle a blaze  at ISL waste management plant , About 50 firefighters and and 11 appliances - including an aerial appliance and a high volume pump - are battling the flames at ISL waste management plant in Mallusk.
Shortly before dawn on Monday the fire was still burning, but under control, said the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS).
Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Fire fighters tackle a blaze at ISL waste management plant , About 50 firefighters and and 11 appliances - including an aerial appliance and a high volume pump - are battling the flames at ISL waste management plant in Mallusk. Shortly before dawn on Monday the fire was still burning, but under control, said the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS). Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

While it is not yet known how the blaze started, a spokesperson for ISL said it was believed to have been accidental.

They added that no jobs had been put at risk as a result of the damage caused by the fire. The firm employs 65 full time and 40 part-time staff.

In a statement, ISL said it remained operational and collections would take place as normal.

Managing Director Barry Donaghy paid tribute to the speed and efficiency of the NIFRS and apologised to local residents for any inconvenience suffered from the smoke generated.

Fire fighters tackle a blaze  at ISL waste management plant

Fire fighters tackle a blaze at ISL waste management plant

“Our main processing plant will be fully operational today once the smoke has cleared but I can reassure all our customers we will be making our routine collections as normal,” he said.

The company is continuing to work closely with the NIFRS as the incident is investigated and closed.

Ulster Unionist MLA Steve Aiken, who visited the scene of the fire today, told the News Letter: “I was glad to learn that all jobs are secure after this fire.

“The NI Environment Agency also confirmed there was no hazardous or toxic material stored in the building.”

General views of  ISL waste management plant in Mallusk where around 50 firefighters and eleven appliances tackled a blaze laste on Sunday night.
 Stephen Hamilton -Presseye

General views of ISL waste management plant in Mallusk where around 50 firefighters and eleven appliances tackled a blaze laste on Sunday night. Stephen Hamilton -Presseye