Massive blaze closes Castlebridge village

The scene of a major fire in Castlebridge village this evening.

By Dan Walsh at Castlebridge

Roads through Castlebridge village are closed to traffic this evening as firefighters deal with a massive fire at a premises adjacent to a local pub.

Smoke was noticed billowing from a premises and shortly after 5.30pm the popular licensed premises – The Porter House – was evacuated.

Locals at the scene claim that the licensed premises is under new management and only re-opened for business on Friday following an extensive renovation and refurbishment programme. It is unknown, at this stage, how much damage has been caused to the pub and beer garden, but the adjoining two-storey premises is completely destroyed and roofless.   

Gardaí and several units of the fire service from Wexford Fire Service were joined by a special high-rise unit from Wicklow County Council.

Roads through the village leading to Gorey and Enniscorthy are closed to traffic.

The cost of the damage is estimated to run into big figures and a major investigation into the cause of the outbreak will be vigorously pursued.

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