Teenagers hailed as heroes for saving men from blaze
TWO young Leaving Certificate students have been hailed as heroes after rescuing two men from a blazing flat.
Cillian Mahon (18) and Ryane Twomey (18) braved smoke and flames to help drag two men to safety from a burning apartment on Patrick Street, Fermoy in Co Cork.
Cillian, from Fermoy, and Ryane, from Kilworth, were out celebrating their Leaving Cert results when they spotted a building on fire at 11.30pm on Wednesday night.
The two teenagers managed to fight their way into the smoke-filled premises and drag a man who had been asleep on a sofa to safety outside.
But they were horrified when the groggy man told them his friend was still inside.
Ryane used his T-shirt to shield his mouth and nose from the smoke, while Cillian desperately alerted the emergency services.
"My eyes were burning from the heat and smoke and it was very hard to see," said Ryane.
"I managed to get him out of the building despite the fact there were times when I could only see a few inches in front of my face," he said.
Gardai and Fermoy Fire Brigade were at the scene within minutes -- and said both flat occupants owed their lives to the courage of the young men.
An investigation is under way into the cause of the blaze. One theory is that a deep fat fryer may have triggered the fire.
Meanwhile, heroes Ryane and Cillian are hopeful of securing their chosen courses -- Ryane wants to pursue sports and leisure studies, while Cillian is intent on a career in the computer sector.