Wednesday 28 September 2016

Fire brigade tackles 'substantial' Dublin bonfire twice, pelted with stones, public order unit brought in

Laura Larkin

Published 29/10/2015 | 20:14

Dublin Fire Brigade attend at the Bonfire at Basin St Flats last night.
Photo: Colin O'Riordan
Dublin Fire Brigade attend at the Bonfire at Basin St Flats last night. Photo: Colin O'Riordan

DUBLIN Fire Brigade (DFB) was forced to respond to an inner city bonfire twice tonight and were pelted with stones while they attended the scene.

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A stockpile of bonfire material was set alight at around 6pm next to a Basin Street flat complex, causing damage to overhead Luas lines.

Four units of DFB responded to the scene and were pelted with stones while putting out the substantial blaze.

However when the fire was put out and the emergency services left the scene, the youths began to replenish the stockpile with wooden pallets and then set a second fire.

The fire brigade was forced to respond to the scene a second time with gardai from the public order unit.

And it then had to return a third time - when bins were set alight.

Public Order Unit Gardai arrive at the Bonfire at Basin St Flats last night. Photo: Colin O'Riordan
Public Order Unit Gardai arrive at the Bonfire at Basin St Flats last night. Photo: Colin O'Riordan

Red line Luas services are currently suspended between Heuston and the Blackhorse stop due to the fire. Gardai said that overhead cables have been damaged.

The incident comes as DFB and Dublin City Council continue to issue safety warnings as Halloween approaches.

Typically the busiest weekend of the year for the fire services, DFB have urged people to report any stockpiled material that they see.

Last week the council removed some 58 stockpiles from across the city.

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