GARDAI burst their way into a blazing house and rescued a man who had barricaded himself inside with a can of petrol.
The dramatic rescue took place following a seven-hour stand-off during which garda negotiators had attempted to talk the man out of the house in east Galway.
Yesterday the man was in custody being questioned about the incident which concluded in the early hours of the morning.
The drama began at about 9.30pm on Sunday when gardai were called to the house at Kilconnell.
A married man in his 40s had barricaded himself into the property and made it known that he had a can of petrol with him. Gardai initially had to confirm that there was nobody else in the house.
Because of the seriousness of the unfolding situation, garda negotiators were summoned from Dublin, the Regional Support Unit was called in and an ambulance and the fire brigade also rushed to the scene.
For the next seven hours, the negotiators attempted to talk the man out of the house, but he refused all requests to leave the property.
Just after 4am flames were observed inside the house and members of the Regional Support Unit burst inside. They located the man, who was unarmed, and pulled him to safety.
The man was arrested and taken to Ballinasloe garda station where he was detained.