Heroic gardai hailed as 'angels' by blaze survivors
THREE men who were rescued from a burning building that claimed one life said the heroic gardai who broke down their apartment door to save them were their "angels".
Three students, Muhammad Amir Khan, Meraj Muhammad Khan and Muhammad Atif Pathan, all in their 30s, were rescued in the early hours of Sunday morning by two gardai just minutes before an inferno took hold of the building where they were living.
They praised the gardai who knocked down their door to rescue them as "angels".
Two gardai came across the fire in the building, made up of four apartments, on St Joseph's Avenue in Drumcondra, Dublin 3 at around 4am.
The gardai broke down the men's apartment door and got them out of the apartment just minutes before the ceiling collapsed on their beds. The men's upstairs neighbour, John Keogh (22), died in the fire.
It is understood the blaze originated in the upstairs duplex apartment where the victim was living.