The family who run a paper business which was burnt to the ground in a suspected arson attack have vowed “we will overcome this unfortunate incident”.
Dawn Paper & Tissue Manufacturing is run by the McEnteggart family from Duleek in Co Meath and employs 22 people. It manufactures domestic tissue and supplies the industrial cleaning paper industry.
The company has been based at the Donore Road Industrial Estate in Drogheda for 20 years and family members visited the burnt out shell of the plant yesterday morning.
Gardai confirmed they responded to an alert about intruders being on the premises around 9.30pm Saturday and when they arrived they saw a number of people running from it.
Gardaí ran after them and a 14-year-old youth was arrested. He was later released without charge.
It is suspected a number of youths broke into the factory and lit some of the paper before they fled the scene.
Gardaí alerted the fire service and fire crews from across Louth responded.
Fire crews remained at the scene yesterday; the fire will continue to smoulder for a number of days according to the chief fire officer for Louth, Eamon Woulfe.
Shane McEnteggart issued a statement saying: “All our family can say at the moment is that we are a family-run business based in Drogheda for the past 20 years, we employ 22 people.
“We have been through some difficult times in the past and we will overcome this unfortunate incident.
“We have no further comment at this time.”
Yesterday morning gardaí arrested a 17-year-old youth.
The factory was one of a number of businesses that had units in a large industrial warehouse that fronted onto two sections of the Donore Road Industrial Estate.
Gas escaped from an underground pipe producing flares for a time. At its peak, the fire service had 12 appliances in attendance that included three hydraulic platforms, a water tanker and a control vehicle. The crews came from Dundalk, Drogheda, Ardee and Dunleer.
The area remained cordoned off yesterday for safety reasons.
The Minister for Business and Enterprise, Ged Nash, a TD for Louth, said the fire was a “devastating blow for the owners and staff of this well-established and respected local company.”
“I will be making every effort to support them and their employees at this extremely difficult time,” he said.
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