'I hope he pulls through' - Neighbour's shock as man critical following fire in flat
A Dublin man is fighting for his life today after a fire at his city centre flat last night.
The man, who was named locally as Paul Curry, was resuscitated by a Dublin Fire Brigade emergency crew after being pulled from his burning home at Pearse House off Pearse Street.
The alarm was raised at around 9pm last night when neighbours spotted smoke coming from the windows of Mr Currry’s bedsit.
Catherine Kynaston, who lives on the same floor as Mr Curry, told how she tried to help.
“I have a spare key and I opened the door, but the smoke was too strong and we couldn’t go in,” she told Independent.ie
“I phoned the fire brigade and when they came I could hear them banging down a door inside the flat, it was like he was locked in the kitchen or something,” she added.
“He was like a limp sack when they pulled him out and his face was all black, they had to revive him on the balcony outside and I heard them say he had a faint pulse. God help him I hope he pulls through,” said Catherine.
Mr Curry, who is in his mid 50s, remains in a critical condition in intensive care in St James’s Hospital this morning.
Six units of Dublin Fire Brigade went to the city council flats complex, along with two ambulances.
Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus went into the burning flat.
The fire was brought under control and extinguished by the fire fighter teams.
Mr Curry has been living alone at the flat in Pearse House for around 15 years.
It is understood he suffered a fall on the steps of the flat complex in recent weeks and suffered a head injury.
The cause of the blaze at the flat is not yet known and gardai sealed of the scene pending a technical examination.
A garda spokesman said it was believed the fire was accidental and that it was routine to preserve the scene until the cause of the blaze was established.