Inspections find 'fire safety deficiencies' at housing estate
Published 30/04/2015 | 09:59
Preliminary inspections of houses in a Kildare housing estate which was affected by a massive blaze recently have found fire safety deficiencies.
Six houses at Millfield Manor, Newbridge were completely destroyed when a fire quickly spread to through each home in less than an hour.
Inspections are being carried out at ten unoccupied houses at the housing estate and a verbal briefing was given to Kildare county councillors last week at an in committee meeting.
Cllr Willie Crowley who attended the meeting said “structural deficiencies and concerns” were identified during the inspections.
Though the fire safety inspection report has not yet been completed, Mr Crowley said “clearly there are inferences to be made” following the verbal briefing.
“The minimum burn time in any house wall is meant to be an hour,” he said. “According to Department of Environment building regulations, walls separating homes require a fire resistance of one hour or more.”
Kildare County Council commissioned a firm of fire safety engineers to inspect the housing estate.
It is understood that a residents’ committee, formed since the fire, will see the report next week.
One Millfield resident Sharon bought a house in the estate five years ago.
“The night of the fire, even though the fire was out, I still found it hard going to sleep that night, my two kids were in the back rooms,” she told Newstalk Breakfast.
“Your fear is always going to be that something will happen to your kids.”
Earlier this month, senior fire-fighter Celina Barrett said it was “impossible” to save the homes on the terrace and that her officers had to focus on preventing the fire spreading to the next block.
Up to 30 homes suffered "extensive" smoke damage in the fire.