THE scene as firefighters tackled the inferno.
NEWRY SDLP Councillor Michael Savage has praised fire crews who tackled a major blaze at a former customs site in the city in the early hours of Saturday morning.
There are no reports of any injuries.
NI Fire & Rescue Service where on the scene to tackle an extensive blaze which engulfed a large industrial unit in the grounds of the former Customs Clearance Station at Carnbane Way, on the outskirts of Newry City.
Newry fire crews got the call at 1.07am after local residents heard a loud bang and were on the scene within 3 minutes.
Two appliances from Newry arrived first and were assisted by 2 appliances from Rathfriland, one from Newtownhamilton and one from Warrenpoint.
An aerial platform appliance was also brought in from Portadown to provide a water tower to help bring the fire under control.
Up to 40 fire fighters, some using breathing apparatus brought the blaze under control within a couple of hours, containing the fire to the one building.
Cllr Savage said: “Local fire crews are to be commended for their swift response in dealing with this major blaze and their bravery in tackling this serious fire.
“The Newry crews were on the scene within three minutes. Praise must also go to local residents who raised the alarm. The cause has yet to be determined but a full fire investigation team will be carrying out work this morning to determine the cause. I am just thankful that no one was hurt.”