Boy, 14, released without charge after Drogheda factory fire

A 14-year-old boy being questioned by gardaí over a fire, which destroyed a factory in Drogheda overnight, has been released without charge.

At around 9.30pm last night emergency services were called to the Donore Industrial Estate.

There they found the Dawn Paper factory completely engulfed by flames.

A spokesperson for the fire service said the blaze had been compounded by gas cylinders discovered on the premises.

Investigations into the cause of the fire led to the arrest of a 14-year-old boy close to the scene. He was questioned over suspected criminal damage, but has since been released without charge.

Boy, 14, released without charge after Drogheda factory fire

Firefighters worked through the night to bring the blaze under control, but it continues to smoulder today and they expect to remain there for many hours to come.

Boy, 14, released without charge after Drogheda factory fire

So far there are no reports of any injuries.

* Pictures Ciara Wilkinson and video courtesy of Anthony Murphy.

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