Saturday 25 October 2014

Children in dramatic rescue after fire in Dublin apartment complex

Published 09/07/2013 | 06:57

The fire-damaged apartment block in Thornfield, Clondalkin
Residents on the sidewalk, outside the block of apartments

Children were pulled to safety from a first floor window and a roof after a fire broke out in an apartment complex in the early hours of this morning.

Gardai were today investigating the cause of the fire at the Thornfield Square Apartments, Watery Lane in Clondalkin.

The alarm was raised at approximately 5.30am this morning, after a resident reportedly seen the fire in the corridor.

All the residents were evacuated from the four storey complex. A number of people, including children, had to be pulled to safety from first-floor windows, balconies and the roof of the four-storey complex.

It is thought the fire started in the hallway of the flats at Thornfield Square.

The complex has six apartments on each floor.

There are no reports of serious injuries and it is understood that all residents of the apartment block are accounted for.

Gardaí said there is water damage to some properties, although there is no obvious damage to the exterior of the building.

It is understood that there is no traffic disruption in the area. Emergency services left the scene shortly after 7 am this morning.

The fire alarm initially went off at approximately 5.30 am. A resident of the complex got up to switch off the smoke alarm, which reportedly often goes off. However, the resident was greeted with a fire on the first floor.

Natalie Lawrence told RTE's Morning Ireland what she saw: "The fire alarm went off. I went out to knock off the alarm and the whole place was in flames, outside my friend's door.

“So we had to run around and get the kids out the front window as quick as we could, because the whole place was in flames. On the other side of the apartments, all the other people were getting out the windows as well".

Gardai are said to be treating the incident as malicious.

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