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Storm Frank: Gale force winds blow roof off Dublin apartment complex

Dublin Fire Brigade are attending the scene in Clondalkin

Sarah-Jane Murphy

Published 30/12/2015 | 16:35

Storm Frank damaged the roof of an apartment block in Clondalkin
Credit: Twitter/Dublin Fire Brigade
Storm Frank damaged the roof of an apartment block in Clondalkin Credit: Twitter/Dublin Fire Brigade
The scene of destruction at Clondalkin today Credit: Twitter/Dublin Fire Brigade
The Aras na Cluaine apartments in Clondalkin Credit: Twitter/Dublin Fire Brigade

The roof of an apartment block in Clondalkin, Dublin, has been blown away by gale force winds this afternoon.

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Dublin Fire Brigade confirmed that crews from Tallaght Fire Station are attending the scene at the Aras na Cluaine apartments.

They report that no injuries were sustained in the incident and a cordon is currently in place until the scene can be structurally assessed.

Pictures tweeted by the Dublin Fire Brigade show that a substantial portion of the roof was dislodged from the top floor of the apartment complex.

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Aras na Cluaine is a development of 198 apartments spread over three separate blocks located on the Nangor Road beside the M50.

The complex is adjacent to the village of Clondalkin.

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A resident who lives in an apartment very near the affected part of the building said that the incident occured in the early hours of the morning when gale force winds were at their peak.

"The fire brigade has been on site all day and the fire marshall is here assessing the damage.

"The apartment in question is the very last one on the top floor so the two apartments adjoining it were evacuated during the night due to safety concerns.

"Thankfully the apartment that lost its roof is unoccupied as it's up for sale at the moment," she said.

She said that discussions are ongoing as to whether additional residents should be evacuated.

"There is concern that more of the roof could be swept off as the winds haven't died down yet.

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