City street sealed off after 'explosion'
Published 03/12/2010 | 05:00
A PROBE was continuing last night into a the cause of an incident which led to Dublin's O'Connell Street being sealed off yesterday.
Staff at Kylemore Cafe, located on the corner of O'Connell Street and Talbot Street, escorted upwards of 20 customers from the building after what appeared to be an explosion in the basement. No one was injured in the incident, which occurred around midday.
Subsequently there were conflicting reports about the nature of the incident.
Gardai sealed off O'Connell Street outside as the crew of four fire brigades and officials from Bord Gais examined the building.
Paul Elebert, district officer with Dublin Fire Brigade, said there had been an explosion in the basement. "At the moment we don't know what caused it, it requires investigation. There was nobody injured."
The building remained closed as an engineer from Dublin City Council's examined it. "The explosion damaged a wall down in the basement," Mr Elebert said.
Safety inspectors from Bord Gais Networks last night said the incident was not gas related. A spokesman said there was no evidence of a gas leak at the site and there were no reports of gas leaking in the area.
They had been called out in response to a suspected gas explosion. "However, it now appears that there was no explosion and the incident was in fact the collapse of a basement wall," the spokesman said.
Gas fitters found the pipes had been functioning normally at the time.
Richard Seville, a salesman at the Suit Company on O'Connell Street, said they heard a "little bang" and then spotted staff evacuating people.