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Seized cars go up in smoke

Up to 90 vehicles have been destroyed in a fire at a storage compound at Haggardstown, Co Louth, RTE.ie has reported.

The fire was reported at around 7.20pm on Wednesday evening.

The blaze produced large plumes of black smoke, prompting gardaí to advise residents and motorists in the area to keep their windows closed for a time.

Chief Fire Officer in Louth Eamon Woulfe said the cause of the fire is not known.

At one point during the operation, 20 fire fighters were on the scene, with three tenders, a water tanker and a hydraulic platform also deployed.

Mr Woulfe said that the smoke was caused by upholstery in the cars, tyres, fuel in the vehicles and said “there were regular explosions in the early stages”.

The compound was used by gardaí to store seized vehicles.