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Thursday 28 August 2014

'I don't want to cause a fuss' - pensioner told paramedics

Bridget Berry (92) in a critical condition following an explosion in her Dublin home on Wednesday night

Conor Feehan

Published 17/01/2014 | 10:45

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Bridie Berry - injured in gas explosion

A 92-YEAR-OLD woman who was seriously injured in a gas explosion told attending paramedics she “didn’t want to cause a fuss”.

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Bridget Berry, known as Bridie to her neighbours and many friends, is battling for her life day following the explosion in her Dublin home.

Neighbours reported seeing Ms Berry “on fire” in her kitchen.

She suffered second and third degree burns in the blast.

The explosion rocked her home at O’Rahilly House flats on Thorncastle Street in Ringsend, Dublin, around 10.15pm on Wednesday night.

Neighbours described how the explosion shook the complex and blew out the window of the ground floor flat.

 “I was sitting in the living room and the next thing I heard was an unmerciful bang that shook the place” said Angie Mullen.

“I ran out with my husband and then we could hear Bridget calling for help. We have keys to her home so we got in as quick and we could and poor Bridget was on fire in the kitchen.”

Angie said Bridget appeared to be making a cup of tea when the explosion occurred.

“My husband put out the flames on her burning dressing gown, but Bridget was burned on her legs and face and hands.”

When paramedics arrived, Bridget told the she “didn’t want to cause a fuss”.

Mrs Berry has lived at O'Rahilly House for around 35 years. She lives alone following the death of her husband many years ago.

While she has no children she is independent according to neighbours, and has relatives that keep in touch with her.

A grand-nephew, Tom Fields, said that plastic surgeons were trying to decide on how best to treat Mrs Berry’s injuries.

“The people in Ringsend have been great and we don't know what happened exactly, but Bridget is in the ICU unit in Vincent's,” he said.

It is understood that Mrs Berry was in a critical condition last night at St Vincent’s Hospital, but may be transferred to St James’s burns unit.

Irish Independent

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