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Fire at Ready Egg Products processing site

firefighters tackle a blaze

READY EGG PRODUCTS has paid tribute to Northern Ireland’s Fire and Rescue Service, as well as local businesses after a fire broke out in an empty poultry shed at its production facility in Lisnaskea, Northern Ireland.

The fire is now under control, and there were no injuries, and no birds were killed in the blaze, which broke out mid-morning on 7 September.

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Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service said the cause of the fire was accidental ignition.

The main production facility was not affected by the blaze.

At its height, ten fire appliances were present to tackle the fire, including a high-volume pumping appliance, two aerial appliances and a water tanker.

Local UUP MLA Rosemary Barton said: “It was worrying to hear of the fire at the egg factory. The business provides a service that is widely recognised throughout the world and is a vibrant local employer.”

A spokesperson for Ready Egg Products said staff had been swiftly evacuated from the site, and that production had now resumed.

In a statement, the firm added: We would like to thank everybody for their messages of concern and best wishes.

“The fire is now extinguished thanks to the efforts of Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service.

“We would also like to thank Cherry Tree Home Bakery, Courtney’s Mace, British Red Cross for supporting us in our time of need.

“Also a big thank you to the local farmers and contractors who provided much-needed support and assistance to us.