Friday 30 September 2016

'Hero' neighbour pulls unconscious woman from house fire

Published 23/09/2015 | 07:37

The scene of last night's fire. Photo: Conor Feehan
The scene of last night's fire. Photo: Conor Feehan

A NEIGHBOUR has been hailed a hero today after pulling a woman unconscious from a fire in Coolock in Dublin last night.

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The blaze broke out at an apartment in Cromcastle Court just before midnight.

The scene of last night's fire. Photo: Conor Feehan
The scene of last night's fire. Photo: Conor Feehan

Three units of Dublin Fire Brigade, an emergency tender and an ambulance raced to the scene along with a district officer.

When the arrived the neighbour was pulling the victim unconscious from the fire onto a balcony.

Fire crews then got the 45-year-old woman down from the building and she was rushed to hospital.

Her condition is not known this morning but fire crews have praised the quick-thinking neighbour for their actions.

The scene of the fire was sealed off today as gardai prepared to examine the flat to establish the cause of the blaze.

Neighbours above the ground floor flat said they smelled smoke and raised the alarm at 11.40pm.

The victim is well known in the area and lives alone, and several neighbours attempted to break windows to get to her.

Eventually one man, who some neighbours said was passing on the street at the time, was able to pull her from the burning flat.

"I was sitting watching the television when I heard a bang, and the smoke started coming in waves," said Sandra Ivers, who lives in the flat above.

"My curtains nearly caught fire from the flames below. My window is smashed from the heat," she added.

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