By Dan Walsh
Several units of the fire service from Wexford and Waterford battled a major industrial fire at the Culcita furniture manufacturing storage building near Kent’s Cross, in New Ross, today.
The fire was first noticed around 10.30 am when clouds of dense black smoke were seen coming from the premises and the emergency services immediately rushed to the scene.
The smoke could be seen up to five kilometres away and traffic diversions were put in place. The burning roof collapsed, and the building was destroyed. The fire was brought under control around 2pm. No injuries were reported.
Wexford County Council said, in a statement, “Please avoid the area and, as a precautionary measure, keep windows and doors closed until smoke and fumes disperse.”
Culcita manufactures garden and outdoor furniture and has been in the textile manufacturing business in New Ross for 50 years. It opened the garden furniture manufacturing plant in 2009.