Updated: 30/03/17 : 06:27:05
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Fire destroys €1m worth of seized cars at Garda compound

€1 million worth of cars seized by Gardaí have been destroyed in a fire on their compound lot in Co Louth.

The blaze broke out at the site near Haggardstown yesterday evening.

There were nearly 100 cars stored in the warehouse at the time - the cause of the fire is still unknown.

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.

Twenty fire fighters were on the scene at one point, 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 premises is used by GT recovery but there were no staff on site when the fire broke out.

A garda spokesman said they are investigating the circumstances of the fire.