Dublin Fire Brigade crew forced to 'withdraw from scene' of bonfire in West Dublin due to 'anti-social behaviour'
Published 31/10/2015 | 19:07
Dublin Fire Brigade crews were forced to withdraw from a scene of a bonfire in West Dublin this evening due to "anti-social behaviour".
Crews were despatched to a location in Clonsilla for a call-out. However, they were forced to withdraw due to "anti-social behaviour" at the scene.
This was the second time their crews were targeted tonight - there was a similar incident in Balbriggan in North County Dublin earlier this evening.
In Limerick, fire crews were hit with rocks this evening.
According to a Twitter account for Limerick fire services, their appliances were hit with rocks this evening causing minor damage. No injuries have been reported.
Dublin Fire Brigade received 350 calls during a five-and-a-half hour period tonight.
Sadly we have experienced anti-social behaviour towards our crews at a fully involved domestic fire in Balbriggan. No FF injuries. #dfblive— Dublin Fire Brigade (@DubFireBrigade) October 31, 2015
Crews have had experienced anti-social behaviour in Clonsilla for the second time tonight. No F/Fs injured. Withdrawn from scene #dfblive— Dublin Fire Brigade (@DubFireBrigade) October 31, 2015
Traditionally, Halloween is DFB's busiest night - and that shows no signs of changing this year.
They received 350 calls between 4pm to 9.30pm - some 150 of them were fire calls.
A spokesperson said that "units are out everywhere - from Balbriggan to Dun Laoghaire". No injuries have been reported so far.
However, their members have experienced "anti-social behaviour" directed at them as they dealt with a house fire in Balbriggan and at another location in Clonsilla. DFB said they were "withdrawn from [the] scene" in Crumlin.
The DFB twitter account started live tweeting earlier this evening on their @DubFireBrigade account.
The account tweeted a number of posts about some of the incidents their members were dealing with. One such incident was a bonfire built close to the hotel in Donnybrook, Dublin 4, and the blaze now spread to a number of trees.
Fire units were also dealing with a car that was on fire beside a bonfire in Dublin's north inner city, as well as another fire close to a residential complex near Poplar Row in Dublin 3.
The fire brigade are dealing with a deluge of 999 calls which are coming into their main control room every 40 seconds, according to a post on their Twitter account.
In an emergency ring 999/112. #dfblive— Dublin Fire Brigade (@DubFireBrigade) October 31, 2015
Earlier DFB tweeted that they were at a number of small bonfires throughout the day and are urging revellers to be careful.
Bonfires aside, the fire brigade was called to a fire in an apartment complex in South Dublin, where a communal bin went on fire and smoke went upwards causing damage to the exterior of some apartments Nobody was injured.
DFB were also called out to an incident where trees were set on fire in Fortunestown, with the blaze threatening nearby properties.
DFB have advised that anybody with an emergency contact them on 999/112