Horses saved from burning nappies in Midlands fire

Laois Fire and Rescue Service found that there was something other than straw or hay on fire

Michelle Hogan


Michelle Hogan


Laois Fire and Rescue Service was called to a farmyard blaze on Tuesday, December 5 at 7.30pm in Abbeyleix on the Ballacolla Road. 

When Abbeyleix Fire Service arrived to the scene they helped to evacuate the last of four valuable horses out of the burning stables. Three buildings were ablaze when they arrived. 

This was an unusual fire as firefighters expected burning bales of hay and straw, however, inside one of the burning structures there were palettes of unused nappies that were ready for distribution. The shed was being used as a storage area.

Declan Power, Chief Fire Officer with Laois County Fire and Rescue Service confirmed to the Express that the last crew left the scene of the blaze around 2:30am on Wednesday morning.

"There was pre-packed bales of nappies not used, ready for distribution. Three fire engines from Abbeyleix, Portlaoise and Durrow were at the scene. Two water tankers were used, connected to a nearby stream. 

"The other shed had machinery parts," Declan Power said. 

No people or animals were injured in the fire.

The nappies were spread out in a nearby field and hosed down.