Friday 15 December 2017

Fourth teenager held over huge blaze at paper factory

Firefighters tackle the blaze at the Dawn Pepper plant
Firefighters tackle the blaze at the Dawn Pepper plant

A fourth teenager was arrested today after a fire ripped through a Co Louth paper factory, razing it to the ground.

Dawn Paper and Tissue Manufacturing in Drogheda suffered major damage after a suspected arson attack on Saturday night.

Gardai were called to the plant at the Donore Road Industrial Estate, Drogheda, at 10pm, where they encountered several youths fleeing the area.

It is believed they had set fire to paper products inside.


There were no reported casualties in the incident.

A 14-year-old boy was arrested nearby, but was later released without charge. A 17-year-old boy and another teen were arrested yesterday. They were released from custody at Dundalk Garda Station last night.

The fourth arrest happened in Drogheda this morning when a male in his late teens was detained.

The company, which is run by the McEnteggart family, from Duleek in Co Meath, makes domestic and industrial cleaning tissue and supplies for the Irish market and employs 22 people.

They have been based at the industrial estate in Drogheda since 1988.

A fire service spokesperson said at one stage 12 units of the fire brigade were at the scene battling the inferno, which was still smouldering late last night.

Crews are expected to remain at the site for “at least the next 24 hours” while it is made safe.

Business and Employment Minister Ged Nash said the fire represents a huge setback for the community.

“It is a devastating blow. I will be making every effort to support them,” he said.

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