Friday 30 September 2016

WATCH: Brave firefighters risk their lives as they battle 'dangerous' hotel blaze

Large blazes in Galway and Dublin on Monday night

Cathal McMahon and Alan O'Keeffe

Published 06/06/2016 | 22:05

This is the moment two brave fire officers barely escaped injury as they battled a large blaze in Galway on Monday night.

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The video, captured by Connacht Tribune Assistant Editor Enda Cunningham, shows emergency workers battling a blaze at the former Sacre Coeur Hotel in Salthill.

As two officers attempt to gain access to the building a large flame bursts out of the structure.

In a second video three officers are seen holding back a steel sheet as a large fire erupts from the abandoned building.

Mr Cunningham wrote: "Just goes to show how dangerous a firefighter's job is ..."

He explained that the hotel has been empty since it closed in 2005. The fire broke out just before 7pm yesterday evening.

Fire in Sacre Coeur Hotel. Picture: @rugby_is_best
Fire in Sacre Coeur Hotel. Picture: @rugby_is_best

No one was injured in the fire.

At least four units of Galway Fire Brigade attended the blaze

In Dublin eight fire units dealt with a large fire at an unused house in Rathcoole.

The property, believed to have up to 10 bedrooms, was engulfed in flames and emergency services were alerted shortly after 7pm.

Fire in Rathcoole. Picture @DubFireBrigade
Fire in Rathcoole. Picture @DubFireBrigade
Fire in Rathcoole. Picture @DubFireBrigade
Fire in Rathcoole. Picture @DubFireBrigade
Fire in Rathcoole. Picture @DubFireBrigade

A number of fire crews began tackling the blaze at what was described as "a large derelict structure."

Eight units of Dublin Fire Brigade went to the scene, including fire engines from Tallaght, Dolphin's Barn, Rathfarnham, Dun Laoghaire and from the brigade headquarters in Tara Street.

Firefighters spent over four hours battling the blaze before it was brought under control.

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