Saturday 27 May 2017

Aerial photograph shows how horror inferno obliterated family home

Flames were so intense firemen had to be hosed down

DEVASTATION: An aerial photograph shows the utter devastation at the scene from the halting site of the tragic fire at Glenmaluck Road, Carrickmines, that claimed the lives of 10 people including pregnant mum Tara Gilbert, her partner Willie Lynch and their two daughters Kelsey and Jodie
DEVASTATION: An aerial photograph shows the utter devastation at the scene from the halting site of the tragic fire at Glenmaluck Road, Carrickmines, that claimed the lives of 10 people including pregnant mum Tara Gilbert, her partner Willie Lynch and their two daughters Kelsey and Jodie
Aerial photograph shows how horror inferno obliterated family home (Photo: David Conachy)
Aerial photograph shows how horror inferno obliterated family home (Photo: David Conachy)
Aerial photograph shows how horror inferno obliterated family home (Photo: David Conachy)
Aerial photograph shows how horror inferno obliterated family home (Photo: David Conachy)
Aerial photograph shows how horror inferno obliterated family home (Photo: David Conachy)
People gather at the scene of the tragic fire at Glenmaluck Road, Carrickmines, this morning
A tragic claimed the lives of 10 people including pregnant mum Tara Gilbert, her partner Willie Lynch and their two daughters Kelsey and Jodie
The scene of the tragic fire at Glenmaluck Road, Carrickmines
Floral tributes at the scene of the tragic fire at Glenmaluck Road, Carrickmines yesterday. Photo: Tony Gavin. Photo: Tony Gavin 10/10/2015
Fr. Derek Farrell, Parish Priest of the Parish of the Travelling Community looks at floral tributes at the scene of the tragic fire at Glenmaluck Road, Carrickmines yesterday. Photo: Tony Gavin. Photo: Tony Gavin 10/10/2015
A well wisher brings flowers to the scene of the tragic fire at Glenmaluck Road, Carrickmines yesterday. Photo: Tony Gavin. Photo: Tony Gavin 10/10/2015
Floral tributes at the scene of the tragic fire at Glenmaluck Road, Carrickmines yesterday. Photo: Tony Gavin. Photo: Tony Gavin 10/10/2015
The ambulance hearse at the entrance of the halting site of the tragic fire at Glenmaluck Road, Carrickmines where it was bringing away the bodies of the deceased victims. Photo: Tony Gavin. Photo: Tony Gavin 10/10/2015
The ambulance hearse leaves the entrance of the halting site of the tragic fire at Glenmaluck Road, Carrickmines where it was bringing away the bodies of the deceased victims. Photo: Tony Gavin. Photo: Tony Gavin 10/10/2015
An ambulance containing the bodies of the victims leaves the scene of the tragic fire at Glenmaluck Road, Carrickmines, yesterday evening. Photo: Tony Gavin. Photo: Tony Gavin 10/10/2015
The ambulance hearse leaves the entrance of the halting site of the tragic fire at Glenmaluck Road, Carrickmines where it was bringing away the bodies of the deceased victims. Photo: Tony Gavin. Photo: Tony Gavin 10/10/2015
A garda lays flowers at the scene of the tragic fire at Glenmaluck Road, Carrickmines, this morning. Photo: Tony Gavin. Photo: Tony Gavin 10/10/2015
Fire Officer Denis Keely and Garda Superintendent Martin Fitzgerald and Chief Superintendent Diarmuid O'Sullivan at the entrance of the halting site of the tragic fire at Glenmaluck Road, Carrickmines, this morning. Photo: Tony Gavin. Photo: Tony Gavin 10/10/2015
Fire Officers Gerry Stanley and Denis Keely and Garda Superintendent Martin Fitzgerald and Chief Superintendent Diarmuid O'Sullivan at the entrance of the halting site of the tragic fire at Glenmaluck Road, Carrickmines, this morning. Photo: Tony Gavin. Photo: Tony Gavin 10/10/2015
A garda lays flowers at the scene of the tragic fire at Glenmaluck Road, Carrickmines, this morning. Photo: Tony Gavin. Photo: Tony Gavin 10/10/2015
Garda Superintendent Martin Fitzgerald and Chief Superintendent Diarmuid O'Sullivan at the entrance of the halting site of the tragic fire at Glenmaluck Road, Carrickmines, this morning. Photo: Tony Gavin. Photo: Tony Gavin 10/10/2015
A garda lays flowers at the scene of the tragic fire at Glenmaluck Road, Carrickmines, this morning. Photo: Tony Gavin. Photo: Tony Gavin 10/10/2015
State Pathologist Margaret Bolster arrives at the scene of the tragic fire at Glenmaluck Road, Carrickmines, this morning. Photo: Tony Gavin. Photo: Tony Gavin 10/10/2015
Garda Superintendent Martin Fitzgerald and Chief Superintendent Diarmuid O'Sullivan at the entrance of the halting site of the tragic fire at Glenmaluck Road, Carrickmines, this morning. Photo: Tony Gavin. Photo: Tony Gavin 10/10/2015
Minister Alex White at the scene of the tragic fire at Glenmaluck Road, Carrickmines, this morning. Photo: Tony Gavin. Photo: Tony Gavin 10/10/2015
Gardai at the entrance to the halting site where the tragic fire occured at Glenmaluck Road, Carrickmines, this morning. Photo: Tony Gavin. Photo: Tony Gavin 10/10/2015
State Pathologist Margaret Bolster arrives at the scene of the tragic fire at Glenmaluck Road, Carrickmines, this morning. Photo: Tony Gavin. Photo: Tony Gavin 10/10/2015
Sandyford Parish Priest Fr. Gerry Moore, left, at the scene of the tragic fire at Glenmaluck Road, Carrickmines, this morning. Photo: Tony Gavin. Photo: Tony Gavin 10/10/2015
A garda brings flowers to the scene of the tragic fire at Glenmaluck Road, Carrickmines, this morning. Photo: Tony Gavin. Photo: Tony Gavin 10/10/2015
Local TD Shane Ross talks to Gardai at the entrance of the halting site of the tragic fire at Glenmaluck Road, Carrickmines, this morning. Photo: Tony Gavin. Photo: Tony Gavin 10/10/2015
Well wishers brings flowers to the scene of the tragic fire at Glenmaluck Road, Carrickmines, this morning. Photo: Tony Gavin. Photo: Tony Gavin 10/10/2015
Gardai and fire services at the scene of the tragic fire at Glenamuck Road, Carrickmines, this morning. Photo: Tony Gavin.
Gardai forensic services at the entrance of the halting site of the tragic fire at Glenamuck Road, Carrickmines, this morning. Photo: Tony Gavin.
Independent TD's Peter Matthews and Shane Ross at the scene of the tragic fire at Glenamuck Road, Carrickmines, this morning. Photo: Tony Gavin.
Local TD Shane Ross talks to Gardai at the entrance of the halting site of the tragic fire at Glenamuck Road, Carrickmines, this morning. Photo: Tony Gavin.
Local TD Shane Ross at the scene of the tragic fire at Glenamuck Road, Carrickmines, this morning. Photo: Tony Gavin.
Gardai and fire services at the entrance of the halting site of the tragic fire at Glenamuck Road, Carrickmines, this morning. Photo: Tony Gavin.
Scene of the tragic fire at Glenmaluck Road, Carrickmines, this morning. Photo: Tony Gavin.
A well wisher brings flowers at the scene of the tragic fire at Glenamuck Road, Carrickmines, this morning. Photo: Tony Gavin.
Gardai and fire services at the scene of the tragic fire at Glenamuck Road, Carrickmines, this morning. Photo: Tony Gavin.
Gardai and fire services at the scene of the tragic fire at Glenamuck Road, Carrickmines, this morning. Photo: Tony Gavin.
Jim Cusack

Jim Cusack

A fire that claimed the lives of up to ten people, including at least five children, left a permanent living structure completely gutted.

The fire, centred on a prefab and caravan at the Glenamuck site, was so intense that the remains of the 10 victims could not be confirmed yesterday evening.

Couple Thomas Connors & Sylvia (Lynch) Connors on their wedding day
Couple Thomas Connors & Sylvia (Lynch) Connors on their wedding day

Aerial photographs show the extensive damage done to the Carrickmines halting site after the inferno ripped through the dwellings in a matter of minutes in the early hours of the morning.

The largest structure is completely obliterated - no wall has been left standing.

It is also evident how the fire spread quickly to another portacabin structure which was located beside the building.

It has also been revealed that firemen had to use their hoses to douse their colleagues struggling to rescue victims from the 'furnace' that engulfed the halting site in south county Dublin - home of the extended Connors family.

Aerial photograph shows how horror inferno obliterated family home (Photo: David Conachy)
Aerial photograph shows how horror inferno obliterated family home (Photo: David Conachy)

Read more here: Dublin Fire Tragedy: Travellers are 'often victims of housing crisis', claim representatives 

It is understood that the victims were a man and women who were partners and their two little girls. It is understood that the woman was in the early stage of pregnancy. The other victims were a husband and wife and their three children - a boy and two girls.

Aerial photograph shows how horror inferno obliterated family home (Photo: David Conachy)
Aerial photograph shows how horror inferno obliterated family home (Photo: David Conachy)

The tenth victim was a 39-year-old man - a close relative of one of the families.

It is believed that one of the couples from the Bray area were merely visiting and staying overnight.

Aerial photograph shows how horror inferno obliterated family home (Photo: David Conachy)
Aerial photograph shows how horror inferno obliterated family home (Photo: David Conachy)

Emergency services personnel said the fire was so intense that they were unable to break through the shells of the prefab and caravan. A six-month-old girl was taken from the scene to Tallaght Hospital with extensive burns but could not be revived.

It is understood firemen found the remains of five people in the main prefab where the fire seemed to have been centred. It is believed, but could not be confirmed, that this was the home of the married couple and their three children.

Aerial photograph shows how horror inferno obliterated family home (Photo: David Conachy)
Aerial photograph shows how horror inferno obliterated family home (Photo: David Conachy)

Members of the extended Connors family who gathered at the South Side Travellers Action Group offices in Sandyford throughout yesterday said they believed one of the women who died may have been pregnant.

There was confusion throughout yesterday about the exact number and identities of the dead. The intensity of the blaze made identification almost impossible, sources said.

Aerial photograph shows how horror inferno obliterated family home (Photo: David Conachy)
Aerial photograph shows how horror inferno obliterated family home (Photo: David Conachy)

Gardai said yesterday afternoon the death toll was nine but that figure seemed to rise later to 10. It is the worst single tragedy known to have occurred in the Irish Travelling community in living memory.

Members of the Connors family who asked not to be named said yesterday the family had moved to the 'temporary' halting site at Glenamuck nine years ago after leaving their previous home in Sandyford. They said the family moved after one of the victim's brother was killed in a quad-bike accident at Sandyford. The reason they moved is unclear.

An elder member of the Connors clan, who also asked not to be named, said the prefab and caravans that were the family homes were "not ideal" for young children.

"They have been living there for nine or 10 years and it is described as a 'temporary halting site'.

"We know it is hard now for everyone in the Traveller community and the settled community but young Travellers have no choice but to live like this.

"They can't afford to rent. They are as much homeless as anyone in the settled community.

The Connors clan had been living in the Sandyford area for generations prior to being moved to Glenamuck.

Garda forensic experts and fire brigade personnel remained at the scene last night.

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