Tuesday 25 July 2017

Residents given emergency accommodation after apartment fire which 'seriously disrupted the lives of many people'

Dublin fire brigade tend to a fire at the Verdemont apartments in Blanchardstown
Dublin fire brigade tend to a fire at the Verdemont apartments in Blanchardstown

Kathy Armstrong

Emergency measures have been put in place for the residents of the Verdemont apartments, Social Protection Minister Leo Varadkar has confirmed.

Minister Varadkar extended his sympathies to all those affected by the blaze as he outlined the supports made available by his department.

The fire broke out shortly after 5pm at the apartment complex in Blanchardstown in West Dublin on Wednesday.

It spread quickly to the adjoining building, causing detrimental damage.

Locals living within the complex have claimed that the cause of the fire was due to the flames of a resident’s barbeque falling into his home on the fourth floor.

Minister Varadkar said the local Community Welfare Service and is working with Fingal County Council and is ready to help those who have lost their homes and possessions in the fire.

The blaze at the Verdemont apartments
The blaze at the Verdemont apartments

He said: "This was a shocking fire which has seriously disrupted the lives of many people. I extend my sincere sympathies to everyone affected.

"I spoke to the CEO of Fingal County Council last night to get a full update and am monitoring the situation closely.

"I want to assure residents affected that the Department is on hand to discuss how it can best support those affected.

"The Department's Community Welfare Service has already held an emergency multi-agency clinic offering advice and support, in tandem with the council and Citizens Information."

Firefighters at the scene of a fire in West Dublin. Photo: Mark Ward
Firefighters at the scene of a fire in West Dublin. Photo: Mark Ward
Firefighters at the scene of a fire in West Dublin. Photo: Mark Ward
Firefighters at the scene of a fire in West Dublin. Photo: Mark Ward
Firefighters at the scene of a fire in West Dublin. Photo: Mark Ward

Several people have already contacted the Department for information about supports under the Exceptional Needs Payments and Urgent Needs Payments schemes.

Minister Varadkar continued to say: "I want to thank Dublin Fire Brigade, the Gardaí, staff in my Department and in Fingal County Council for their swift and effective response."

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