Fire at Kildare County Council’s Silliot Hill Landfill Facility Waste Licence W0014-01

Date released: Dec 01 2011

The EPA received notification by telephone from Kildare County Council at 4:24 p.m. on Thursday 1st December 2011 to its Headquarters in Johnstown Castle Estate, Co. Wexford of a fire in a disused composting building at the facility.  The fire was first noticed at about 3:50 p.m and the Fire Service were notified and were in attendance by  4:15 p.m.  Kildare County Council confirmed that the fire had been brought quickly under control and was extinguished by 4:45 p.m.  The building is constructed on a concrete foundation and the fire water used was retained in the building.  A smoke plume was visible during the incident but this was localised and did not  pose any risk to the local community.  The Local Authority are investigating the cause of the blaze and will forward a report on their investigation to the EPA which will include any preventative measures that may be required to prevent future incidents of this nature.

Update

An updated report on the incident was received by the EPA from Kildare County Council dated 16th December 2011.  Following their investigations, Kildare County Council stated that the fire started from dismantling works that were on going within the building where the fire occurred.  Kildare County Council stated that the fire-water was contained within the building and at no time was there any risk to groundwater or surface water.  Kildare County Council stated that they will ensure a thorough Health and Safety Review to prevent the reoccurrence of such an incident.  The EPA is satisfied that there was no significant environment impact from this incident and considers the investigation closed.