Eight biomass boilers destroyed in Fermanagh shed fire

Gerald Love Contracts situated roughly three miles outside Enniskillen. Eight boilers were destroyed at a shed on the premises on Friday morning
Gareth McKeown

EIGHT biomass boilers and 14 tonnes of woodchip have been destroyed in a fire at a Co Fermanagh construction firm.

Fire crews from Enniskillen, Irvinestown and Lisnaskea fought the large fire for almost six hours in the early hours of last Friday.

The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service said on Tuesday that investigations were continuing and it was unable to confirm the cause of the blaze.

A fire service spokesman said it received a call at 2.45am to attend the fire in the Magheradunbar area outside Enniskillen.

“A shed, approximately 20m x 12m, was on fire and contained approximately 14 tonnes of woodchip and eight boilers," he said.

"Firefighters worked to extinguish the fire, however a large quantity of woodchip and the eight boilers were destroyed in the fire. The shed was badly damaged."

“The incident was finished at 8.47am. The cause of the fire is under investigation," the spokesman added.

It is not clear when the eight boilers were installed and whether they had been operating with subsidies from the botched Renewable Heating Incentive scheme.

The PSNI confirmed it received a report from the fire service in relation to the fire, but that there was "no requirement for police to attend".

The fire occurred on premises of Gerald Love Contracts - a family-run business which specialises in projects relating to road surfacing, civil engineering and general construction according to the company website.

The company failed to respond to number of requests for comment both on Monday and Tuesday in relation to the fire.

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